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There's no way you're keeping 500 worms in the fridge."
So said my vegetarian husband when I asked if he'd
mind if I did just that.
After Googling "bait shop Toronto" and spending an hour on
the phone, I had found a wholesaler who would grudgingly sell
me fewer than 5,000 of the crawlers. I was slightly crushed but
have learned to compromise about the contents of our shared
fridge. I guess you have to respect a man who hasn't eaten
meat in 30 years and won't slap a mosquito. He's not kidding.
So why the worms?
Tom Szaky '01, our cover boy for this issue was, to the
best of my knowledge, in the "worm poop" business. All I
knew, pre-interview, was that he'd dropped out of Princeton
to market a plant fertilizer made entirely of red-worm "cast-
ings" and made millions. This guy was an eco-entrepreneurial
star and, to illustrate, we wanted to shoot him for the issue,
up to his neck in worms.
Thankfully, as luck had it, it's a good thing Charles didn't
let me use the fridge as a worm hotel. Our all-knowing
Advancement Associate Paul Winnell '67 told me Szaky had
moved on from worms and his company, TerraCycle, claims
to have diverted more than three-billion pieces of garbage
from landfill in an ingenious and lucrative way, as you'll see.
Fortunately, Szaky himself provided the wrappers you see on
So went the first of several memorable moments as we
attempted to pull together the photo shoot for the cover story
of this issue.
Patrick Fejer '92 was another matter. A partner at B+H
Architecture and Interior Design, Fejer heads off to Bas-
rah, Iraq this fall to do nothing less than redesign Saddam
Hussien's former palace into a multi-use business and resi-
dential centre, intended as a "safe zone" for Iraqi commercial
engagement with the world.
Uh, that's kind of impressive. And kind of hard to illustrate
editorially. At first our photographer Liam Sharp decided to cut
out a suit of blueprints and have Fejer wear it. And we even
bought a mini-trampoline to have him bouncing in front of
the clock tower in the suit of blueprints. But when he showed
up, distractingly handsome, in a Range Rover and beautifully
designed, handmade Japanese sunglasses, we ditched that
idea. We didn't want to make him look too foolish.
Luckily, he's a visual guy, and he thought ahead. He made
and brought a big cube covered in blueprints and there was
something affecting about having him roll it around Lord's
Field, suggesting he was imagining how he'd pull castles from
the air, so to speak. Did I mention how amazingly patient he
was on that hottest of hot days? Boldly, we did ask him to
jump on the trampoline in his fine suit, drenching it. Lucky for
us, he was gracious and convinced us it was good fun.
Fred Eaton '82 was easier. Yes, he's that Fred Eaton, great-
great-grandson of Timothy, founder of the Eaton's department
stores. Both extremely fragile and strong, the wing Eaton
designed for his world-championship winning catamaran is
a great photo-op in its own right. And it was one of the best
days I've had at UCC, watching Eaton assemble the wing in his
permanent tent next to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, then
trailing him in a speedboat on Lake Ontario as he took it for a
sail. I marvelled at its speed and grace while our photographer
grappled to get its 40-foot wingspan into a frame.
Eaton was extremely patient, explaining all the techni-
cal details of the wing's design process. I must say though, I
didn't recognize him at first, when we met at the school the
next day to continue our conversation. He was in a suit and
UCC tie, not his spandex sailing gear and harnesses, and it
was my good fortune to have had the opportunity to see both
the formal and relaxed side of another impressive Old Boy.
And Norm Hardie '85? He gave me, our photographer and
his assistant a bottle of his delicious unfiltered Chardonnay
as we left his winery after our shoot. I guess I expected a
tasting, but his generosity is a hallmark of his character. And
all his acquaintances and co-workers who hovered around our
shoot couldn't resist zipping in to whisper accolades and small
secrets about Hardie's legendary largesse.
It's rare to get out of the office and meet so many Old
Boys, on their turf for a change, and it was a treat to do so.
We hope you'll keep reading future issues as we continue
to profile the Old Boys who practise what we teach: Take
risks. Make change. Have fun. ■
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3 Meet the Change Makers
They take risks. They're not afraid to stand their ground.
They practise what we teach.
12 Rocco Rossi Hearts Toronto
The veteran backstage politico enters the mayoral race
for a city he knows and loves.
19 A Passion for Fashion
His photo shoots for top fashion brands grace the Paris
skyscape. It's a pity Justin Wu '04 didn't go to med school.
4 Boys of Barrow
Generations of Old Boys loved UCC nurse "Miss B." The
proceeds of her estate, buoyed by a new video and web-
site, continues to nurture them.
In every issue
14 UCC Today
Jim Power talks masculinity; Old Boys lead UCC boys up
the Artie River (and eat Artie Char sushi!).
18 Remember When
Before television and the Internet there were —
20 Ask an Old Boy
Charles Wachter '93 produced culinary wizard Jamie
Oliver's new show. Oliver taught Wachter how to cook.
(Hint: More vegetables than you'd prefer.)
24 Leaders & Legends
Gordon "Chees" Cheesborough '71, first-class financier
and friend, left too soon.
26 Comings & Goings
Changes to UCC faculty and staff.
Faculty and Old Boys pay fond tribute to Michael Miller
and Richard Hood.
32 Gracious Gifts
Gordon Gibson '83 was a UCC football star. Now
he's game to nurture star power in other deserving
Marriages, births and passings.
35 Class Notes
56 Upcoming Events
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UCC teacher A.L Cochrane remembered
In Old Times, winter/spring 2010, p. 2,
you note that Arthur Lewis Cochrane 's
crowning achievement was founding
Camp Temagami, the first boys' camp
in Canada. My father, Edmund Ernest
Campbell '36, attended the camp
and was, no doubt, taught proper
swimming technique there by Mr.
Cochrane. Later that year he trav-
elled to the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a
member of Canada's junior Olympic swimming team. One look
at Hitler prompted him to enrol at Royal Military College in
Kingston, Ont. Upon his return, and he spent the Second World
War as a member of the Algonquin Regiment in England and
Europe, rising to the rank of major and twice being wounded in
combat. After the war he eventually settled in Haileybury, Ont.,
a town some 40 miles north of Camp Temagami, which both my
brother, James Campbell 71 and myself attended. However, I
must point out that Camp Temagami is nowhere near Muskoka.
It is in the District of Temiskaming, about twice as far north
from Toronto as Muskoka.
— Robert Campbell '73
Correction: In Old Times, winter/spring 2010, "Remember
When," p. 36, Michael Hawke '59 was misidentified. He is the
gentleman on the far right in the glasses.
What the heck are these?
Ancient alien writings? Spy-worthy
encrypted messages? A map to a lost
city? If you flip through this issue of
Old Times, you may be scratching your
heads over these cryptic square blocks in
several of our advertisements.
Originally developed in Japan
for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR or Quick
Response codes, are two-dimensional barcodes that can
directly take you to a contact number, email or, in most cases,
a Website, to provide you with more information about a
place, event or a product.
Gaining popularity in North America, the codes are
moving into the mainstream in places such as product
labels, billboards, newspapers and buildings, inviting
passers-by to pull out their mobile phones and uncover
the encoded information.
In this issue of Old Times, you'll be directly linked to
specific online registration sites, and in the future, we plan
to introduce them editorially, to link you to specific videos or
additional information you can only find on the ether.
To access the code, users need a mobile phone equipped
with a camera and to download a QR reader application,
which is freely available online for most devices. Once the
software is loaded, just point and click, and the mobile phone
will either display the text or ask for permission to launch a
browser to display the specific website.
Just don't scan and drive.
The Crown Links Society
Young Old Boys who graduated within the last 15 years and
have made a cumulative gift of $500 or more will receive a pair
of crown cufflinks designed exclusively for our young alumni.
To learn more, contact Esther Chang at 416-4881125 ext. 2000
2 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
They're risk-takers and innovators.
They've had great mentors and
they're generous with their own
experience. We admire them. And
we salute them.
By Andrea Aster
The more time one spends at UCC, the more one learns
that students are taught to answer certain questions
in a universal way. For example, "What is leadership?"
For the uninitiated or the cheeky, the intuitive answer is
"Getting people to follow me." The other answer, of course, is,
"Developing the skills I need to bring out the best in others."
Clearly that's the right answer. Read about Tom Szaky
'01 and the other change makers we profile on the pages to
come, how Szaky is mobilizing millions of people to act on their
anxiety about our ailing planet, to collect garbage, piece by
piece, dismantling the landfills of the future before they have
an opportunity to blight our environment and our hearts.
Change making is the ultimate goal of what the "Interna-
tional Baccalaureate" learner profile calls "leadership develop-
ment." The College's educators attempt to promote and instill
in its students a commitment to making a change, to making
a difference, once they leave these halls. It's a leap of faith,
somehow, to believe that all the things the IB learner profile
encourages students to become — risk-taking, principled,
inquiring, reflective — will come to pass.
Jim Power writes about such issues in a recent blog post-
ing on The PowerPoint:
"As with all virtues, leadership is caught as much as it is
taught. In order for leadership to flourish, those in charge
Tom Szaky '01 Fred Eaton '82 Norman Hardie '85 Patrick Fejer '92
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have to create a culture where everyone feels safe enough to
disagree. When teammates don't feel comfortable enough to
say, 'Hey, let me push back here,' or 'There is another way we
should look at this,' we rim the risk of turning any committee
or task force into a legion of lemmings."
Power would be proud of Patrick Fejer '92, the extraordi-
nary architect profiled here. His is a cut-throat world in which
he needs to defend his designs. He credits a UCC art class with
giving him the confidence and freedom to push back when
required, to strike a balance between summoning the confidence
to defend one's ideas, while not being too married to them.
So that's why in this series of profiles, the first in an ongo-
ing series about UCC's Change Makers, we chose to focus on
those Old Boys who've shown innovation in their field, who've
defended their vision or forged a new path. They are modest
and their achievements wide-ranging.
For example, Fred Eaton '82 has no illusions he's "find-
ing a cure for cancer," as he puts it. But within the sailing
world, his designs are making waves as you will see. Likewise,
Norman Hardie '85 is emerging as one of our province's best
ambassadors to the world. A true risk-taker, who left a cushy
job with Four Seasons Hotels to stake his claim in an unde-
veloped wine-growing region six years ago, his Pinot Noir
and Chardonnay wines have been lauded recently by Jancis
Robinson, the top British wine critic and journalist, and he's
the reason locals no longer think $40 is too dear for a home-
As this series progresses, we hope to bring you even
more examples of Old Boys who embody UCC's commitment
to nurturing active, passionate, lifelong learners.
Feel free to suggest themes or nominate candidates for
future profiles as we explore change makers in the arts, the
sciences and bevond.
Change making is the ultimate goal of what the International
Baccalaureate learner profile calls "leadership development," The College's
educators attempt to promote and instill in its students a commitment to
making a change, to making a dij y leave these halls.
Old Times 3
is saving the planet — for real
We all have anxiety.
He has solutions.
By Andrea Aster
Kool-Aid may taste great going down. But it's not
exactly appetizing to dig a hand into a garbage pile
consisting of thousands of sticky, cast-off, alumi-
nized-plastic drink pouches and energy-bar wrappers.
Yet that's exactly what Tom Szaky '01 is doing, no qualms
Cleaning up Lord's Field after the photo shoot for this
article is the least of it. Indeed, in the past 12 months, Szaky's
company, TerraCycle, has collected three-billion pieces of
so-called "garbage," one eyesore for every other
person on this planet. We all wince when we
pass a landfill. But who's going to lead the charge
to make it go away?
It's not too strong a statement to say the
gifted 28-year-old, touted by media outlets
worldwide as one of the world's top eco-entre-
preneurs, is doing more to divert waste from
landfills than absolutely anyone.
He arrived for the photoshoot in a BMW
convertible, no hybrid in sight, and no, he's not
a vegetarian. But Szaky has way more karma
points than you.
"Innovation means looking at problems not yet solved,"
he says, referring to no less than the garbage crisis. "What
will you do when that pen runs out of ink? What about
Szaky, the son of two doctors who emigrated from
Hungary in 1987, says it was his UCC friends' parents who
sparked his entrepreneurial aspirations.
"All these parents in successful businesses showed me
all is possible; they opened my eyes in a cool way."
With $15 million in projected sales this year, his business
proposition is a brilliant call to arms with his website as the
base camp; Szaky mans the helm of the world's first truly
effective garbage-collection army.
"We make it easy," he says. To date, 1 1 -million people
in eight countries and counting, including scout troops,
churches, temples and schools, have signed up on the Terra-
Cycle website to collect a chosen "waste stream" for featured
brands, including chip bags, yogurt containers and cookie
wrappers. It's free to ship your cache to TerraCycle and two
'We all wince
iv hen we pass
a landfill. But
u bo's going to
lead the charge
to make it go
cents for each item collected goes to a charity or school of
choice. The items are then "upcycled" into totebags, knap-
sacks, pencil cases, shower curtains, even kites.
"The key is that mixed [garbage] collections aren't valu-
able; what are you going to do with it?" he says. "It's all about
custom collections and finding a use for them, and we do that
work for the companies."
It's great PR for TerraCycle 's corporate partners to see
their logos get a longer shelf life in WalMart, with the lustre
of environmental stewardship to boot, says Szaky.
Corporate funding for the brigades from the likes
of Kraft Foods, Frito Lay (Pepsi) and Mars Wrig-
ley will top $12 million this year.
No recent upstart, Szaky has been prepar-
ing for such success for half his life. TerraCycle
co-founder Robin Tator, 52, tells the story of their
first meeting. It was 1999 and Tator had an ice
cream shop in Toronto's Yorkville. He needed a
web designer and Szaky's company, Flyte media,
was recommended. Tator called.
"Tom said, 'I'm extremely busy during the
day. Can we meet at night?' So, this 14-year-old
kid walks into this coffee shop on Eglinton [Avenue]. I was
floored." (Szaky got the job — and, with his three employees,
earned $20,000 with his first, high school venture.)
Tator stuck with him and was there to co-found Ter-
raCycle in 2001 , a risk for which Szaky dropped out of his
sophomore year at Princeton. Their first product, a plant food
made from red-worm "castings," or poop, was WalMart's top-
selling product in its category after just three years. True to
his waste-not values, the prototype experiments involved
worms feasting on leftovers from the Princeton canteen.
"Tom has always been extremely driven," says Tator.
"Even when he gave me his initial price on Web design for my
ice cream shop, he held his guns.
'I will do it for half the price and three times better,' he
said. Tom has always known his work is good. Tom has always
Szaky expects to deploy brigade operations in 1 1 more
countries in the coming year.
We salute him. Let's sign up. ■
4 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
. Szaky '
immersed in his
is racing as fast as he can
After adopting features of his uniquely designed catamaran wing, a U.S. yachting team won the 33rd America's Cup, the
oldest active trophy in international sports. Fred Eaton '82 is doing nothing less than revolutionizing the world of sailing.
By Andrea Aster
It's two weeks before the big race and Fred Eaton '82 is work-
ing on his boat in what he calls his "tent" next to the Royal
Canadian Yacht Club on Toronto Island. But, much like Eaton
himself, the words "tent" and "boat" are understatements.
Yes, Eaton is that Eaton, the 47-year-old great-great-
grandson of Timothy, Canadian retail royalty, and he now
manages his family's investment company, though that's all
he'd care to say about that. The lean, agile boat builder has
recently emerged in his own right as an innovator of inter-
national renown and, although he's not big on small talk, he
comes alive to talk about a passion he's had since he was a
child at his cottage. Just as those crazy scuba-like bathing
suits redefined Olympic swimming, Eaton's 40-foot sail-
ing wing — designed from ultra-stiff carbon fibre and then
wrapped with, surprisingly, sheets of heat-shrink, clear plastic
food wrap — is leaving old-fashioned, fallible, sag-prone sails
in its wake.
His so-called tent is, in fact, a bungalow-sized, winter-
worthy tool shed in front of which a summer-long procession
of curious picture-takers asks endless questions. And his
so-called boat is a jewel, a 25-foot, C-Class catamaran that has
a top speed of 23 knots (43 km/h). Quite simply, it's the fast-
est small sailing vessel ever built, capable of zipping along in
very little wind. Weighing only 129 kilograms, it is so delicate
that if it ever tipped over it would shatter. Eaton was the first
Canadian to win the international regatta for these boats, the
Little America's Cup, in Toronto in 2007.
It's a rarefied world. Although about 200 C-Class cata-
marans have been built over the years, only eight are fast
enough to compete at this level and Eaton owns three. The
big race, at the end of August in Newport, R.I. was to be the
first rematch since Eaton's victory. Seven of those eight boats,
with teams from the U.S., Canada, France, Britain and Aus-
tralia were to compete on the six-mile, 30-minute course. The
winner would take it by 10 to 30 seconds.
"We're running out of time to test the controls," says Eaton
as he "skins the wing," meaning he's wrapping it with the deli-
cate plastic sheeting. While the first successful sailing wing was
designed in 1972, Eaton didn't start racing catamarans until
2003. The new design represents the pinnacle of its evolution
to date. Because they are so specifically engineered, it takes
about 2,000 man hours to build a wing. Eaton built his at a
Markham, Ont. company that normally makes racing-car shells.
"We're competing with the military and Formula One to
get access to the lightest, fastest materials," says Eaton. "No
metal or fibreglass can do the job." It's clear Eaton's research
and design isn't just about sailing boats fast. "We're working
at the edges of human knowledge in computer modelling, in
aerodynamics and in materials science," he says.
To make a long, technical story short, the wing operates
much like an airplane wing coming in to land, with slots and
flaps that manipulate wind to advantage. And this wing is
as long as they dared to build it before the materials would
simply collapse under the sailing loads.
Eaton's international reputation in the broader sailing
world was made after his team captured the Little America's
Cup in 2007, at which time his boat represented the limits of
wing design. As a result, several members of the American
yachting team, BMW Oracle Racing, came to Toronto to sail
Eaton's catamarans. They were impressed enough to develop
a 223-feet wing, 20 storeys high and 75 per cent longer than
any wing ever built, for their yacht. It went on to take the
America's Cup in Valencia, Spain, the oldest sailing trophy in
Though the American team's owner was business magnate
Larry Ellison, former CEO of Oracle, the New York Times
said the "true star" was the "radical 223-foot wing sail."
Still, Eaton isn't one to overstate his emerging reputation.
Simply he says:
"I don't want to watch someone else having fun. We're not
curing cancer here; we're having fun and it's the best toy around."
Old Times went to press before the big race. For results
go to www.sailinganarchy.com. u
6 Old Times Sum
designed the fastest
catamaran ever built.
is making world-class Ontario wine
Norm Hardie '85 is a high-spirited risk-taker, farmer, father and Old World
winemaker. Meet a man who chose to live life without compromise.
By Andrea Aster
It's surely 35 humid degrees in Norman Hardie Winery and
Vineyard and the owner is sweating. The photographer for
this article powders Hardies nose but it's harder to blot
his shirt. We surrender. Farmers are allowed to perspire, even
for magazine spreads.
"My [five-year-old] son likes me in orange," he says. And
it's true; it is a great colour on him. It matches his spirits —
radiant, expansive, infectious. Like good wine, it's a personal-
ity designed to be shared and there's lots to go around.
The world of wine is aflutter with pretension
and Hardie — former sommelier and manager of
Toronto's Truffles at the Four Seasons Hotel — can
swirl a glass of wine with the best of them. But
now he's respected for more than his University
of Dijon-trained palette. After deciding he'd
tasted enough great wines and was no longer
content to be an "armchair quarterback," he
made his move.
His pioneering winery in Prince Edward
County, staked on so-called junk soil, now produces 4,500 cases
of wines that sell out annually by special order only. Clearly, he
has convinced locals to pay $40 for an Ontario wine. He who
risked it all, walking away from a six-figure salary at the Four
Seasons to "wash tanks" at vineyards in Burgundy, is enjoying
"Some guys own wineries but Norm actually is a farmer. He
does all the work," says former classmate Simon Burke '85. Har-
die's fingernails acquired lots of dirt during an intense six-year
apprenticeship through vineyards in Burgundy, New Zealand,
Oregon and California. With a "silent partner" to help fund the
venture, he claimed his stake on 30 acres in 2001, operating on
a cash-flow basis and investing only in the necessities — great
French vines and barrels, and top-notch equipment.
"Then, this soil was regarded as absolute junk," says Har-
die, crouching to explain how, lovingly, he buries his vines in
earth each winter much as a rose grower would. "The differ-
ence is we have 24,000 vines of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and
Hardie is one of the region's original pioneers, with an initial
machine-assisted planting of 12,000 vines in 2001 and another
12,000 since, with the seasonal assistance of five Thai farm-
ers. Hardie appreciates their expertise with crops close to the
ground, honed on rice paddies. In turn, what Hardie pays them
"Clearly he has
cals to pay $40
for an Ontario
in an hour is the equivalent of a day's pay back home.
Even five years ago, when you said P.E.C., people thought
you were referring to Prince Edward Island, he says. He was one
of the three original wine growers on the peninsula just two and
a half hours east of Toronto. It now boasts cute fold-out tourist
maps dotted with more than 25 pit stops. So long Niagara.
It took Hardie's keen eye, and a truckload of soil engi-
neers, to determine that his property's clay-limestone soil,
previously home to less noble crops — winter wheat, soy and
corn — was pay dirt. Hardie recognized the soil
composition was rare outside Burgundy. It was
far from a sure thing. Two vineyards, side by side
and tilled by the same person, can nevertheless
produce completely different wine, he says.
"The wind must be at a certain angle," he says
enigmatically. "This is a very specific microcli-
mate. Three kilometres in either direction and it
might not work."
It works. In just five years, Hardie has become
one of Canada's best ambassadors. His unfiltered Chardonnay
and his Pinot Noir have received unprecedented praise from
Jancis Robinson, revered British wine critic. President Barack
Obama sipped it at the G8. It was Ferran Adria's wine of
choice on a recent visit, he who owns one of the world's best
restaurants, El Bulli.
Wines do not sell on taste alone though Hardie's Melon de
Bourgogne, for instance, developed specifically to pair with
oysters, does sell out in days of issue. Like all good brands,
Hardie's skills as a marketer help move product.
He credits former UCC Latin teacher Terence Bredin for
the fact people tell him his press releases sing. Hardie, who
moved from South Africa at 14 and was a Wedd's boarder
from Grades 9 to 13, credits Bredin 's secret weapon, the lost
art of precis, whereby a student edits, say, 900 words down
to 300. The simple act of keeping one's sentences tight has
been a great help, he says.
And Hardie is looking forward to the legacy he will leave
his own boys, Theo, 3, and Lucas, 5. "Lucas has an incred-
ible sense of smell," says Hardie." He can tell the difference
between Reisling and Chardonnay."
Hardie's love of life and its fruits is apparent to all who
know him. Says Burke: "Norm is one of most contented
people I know." ■
8 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
Norm Hardie '85 to
Mother Nature: Cheers!
is redeveloping Saddam Hussein's castle
His first project, fresh out of Cornell's architecture program, was the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. This fall, Patrick Fejer '92
heads to Basrah to make a former despot's palace compound a more welcoming place. (Now, what to do about that moat?)
By Andrea Aster
Patrick Fejer, 36, is the most relaxed over-achiever
you'll ever meet. He talks and moves calmly, no
BlackBerry in sight. In this era it's a rarity outside a
yoga class to have the pleasure of being with someone so fully
present. Maybe it's because he's attentive to his surround-
ings. And maybe that's because he designs what surrounds us,
buildings you've heard of, lots of them.
Fejer, one of 10 partners with Toronto's Bregman +
Hamann (B+H), heads to Iraq's cultural capital, Basrah, this
fall, to work with a Canadian, Jordan-based
developer on nothing less than the utter rede-
velopment of Saddam Hussein's once opulent
"Lakeside Palace," now battered by the 2003
war. The 400-acre compound includes five pal-
ace buildings with double-thick exterior walls so
tanks could patrol the perimetres unseen. The
revamp is intended to offer Iraq a "safe zone"
from which to conduct economic affairs. It will
include a museum, two hotels, a convention cen-
tre, a marina and yacht club, even an aquarium,
"Basrah is like Dresden after the Second World War," says
Fejer, "completely bombed." He tells an incredible anecdote
about how British soldiers who captured and lived in the
palace in 2003, suffered mortar attacks from Iraqi insurgents
who were using our favourite Western surveillance system,
Google Earth. "The British tried to sue Google," he says.
So how did Fejer, a Torontonian, capture such a heady
project? For one, B+H has done lots of work in the Middle
East, with offices in Dubai and Sharjah. And Canadian archi-
tects are perceived in Iraq as more innovative and neutral
than the British and Americans. A recent project in Sharjah
was the world's largest recycling facility. "They go through
plastic water bottles like crazy," says Fejer.
Closer to home, Fejer made a name for himself right out of
Cornell University, which he left with an award for the highest
cumulative average in its five-year architecture program. As
an intern at Los Angeles-based NBBJ Sports and Entertain-
ment, his presentation videos for the Cincinnati Bengals
Football Stadium got credited for winning the project for the
firm. Less than a year later, he vaulted to project designer for
Los Angeles' Staples Center, a $250-million project.
ago in Robert
art class has
Before joining B+H in 2005, Fejer worked on the second of
his landmark projects, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
in Budapest, Hungary, with his late father Bela '63, a developer
and lawyer who bought the 1907 building, one of the country's
most treasured landmarks. (Bela's grandson, Jack, entered the
Prep last year.) It took six years and a $140 million investment
to transform it into a luxury hotel. So careful was Fejer, a New
York Times article in 2004 reported that he persuaded the
Four Seasons to hide the swipe-card handles behind custom
brass plates so as not to sully the original doors.
Nevertheless, Toronto remains home to most
of his current work. He's lead architect on projects
in development including MaRS Phase II, the lab
and office complex for the biotechnology and
pharmaceutical industry, the redevelopment of
Cumberland Terrace into luxury residential and
retail space, and he's the design architect on the
Ripley's Aquarium at the base of the CNTower.
He credits much of his success to his persis-
tent nature, his ease with taking a counter-intu-
itive approach to design. For example, for a recent project
in Ottawa, the challenge was an existing long-term tenant in
the building, impossible to remove.
"So we grabbed the air rights and decided to cantilever
the new building over the existing one," he says. He does
wish, however, that more clients would take big risks.
"We use our projects in the Middle East and Asia to show
Canadian clients what can be done, and they're excited by the
experimental, but more reluctant to go with it." That goes for
residential projects too. "Compared to what you see in Los
Angeles, there are really only about three truly experimental
houses in Forest Hill."
Innovation is critical to Fejer's work, but a lesson learned
long ago in UCC art teacher Robert Montgomery's class
has had lifelong resonance. After spending weeks creating
a series of 10 figure drawings, the art teacher asked Fejer
which was his favourite. Montgomery then ripped it up and
let it fall on his desk.
"We used the ripped bits as a sketch for a large, abstract
painting," he says. "It taught me to be able to react to criti-
cism. You can't be married to things too much. Everything is a
stepping stone to a larger exercise." ■
As a child he played in Toronto's extensive ravine
system. As a mayorial candidate, Rocco Rossi '81
is exploring his beloved city once again, leaving
no stone unturned in his bid for support.
By Michael Benedict
Rocco Rossi has returned to his element. The former
federal Liberal Party national director and one-time
CEO of the Ontario Heart and Stroke Founda-
tion looks intently at the Portugal Day floats moving past
the reviewing stand. Other dignitaries are seated, but Rossi
stands, gently waving a small Portuguese flag. His eyes are
lasered on the parade. This is a homecoming of sorts for Rossi
'81 who is back in the city of his birth after nearly a year
Rossi wants to be Toronto's next mayor, and after years in
the political backrooms he knows his lack of name recognition
is his biggest hurdle.
That's why he's here today, standing in the sun for two
hours in front of St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church on Dun-
das Street West in Little Portugal. It is the first of eight events
this Saturday that began with the daily 7:30 a.m. conference
call with key advisers.
The 48-year-old candidate approaches strangers on the
sidewalk, handing them foldout, business-card-sized schedules
for the World Cup. If these potential voters want to gripe about
garbage pickup or their local councillor, or anything else, he
listens intently. The experience triggers childhood memories.
"My parents used to take us to College Street, nearby, to
the Italian stores and for the festivals," Rossi recalls. "But we
did not live in Little Italy. That's because my uncle, who was
the first in our family to come to Canada, moved out of the area
after he heard all the kids speaking Italian, not English, in the
schoolyards. So we ended up living at Main and Danforth."
Rossi appreciated that Toronto's distinct neighbourhoods
are one of the features that make the city special. "This is
diversity on display," he says of the parade. "Look at these
people: they are proud of their heritage, but fiercely commit-
ted to Canada."
For Rossi, there is much else that sets the city apart. He
has a direct connection with one unique Toronto hallmark: its
extensive ravine system. He explains:
"As a kid from an immigrant household without a cottage
and that could not afford vacations, Taylor Creek Park was
a revelation. And I walked, biked and played from Crescent
Town to Edwards Gardens."
Finally, what Rossi loves about Toronto is how it embraces
newcomers. "This city offered me and my family tremendous
opportunities," he says. "My people came here with nothing
and couldn't speak English. One generation later, I'm running
Asked to sum up what the city means to him, Rossi
launches into a description that would sound hackneyed
coming from the mouths of most politicians. But not from this
candidate's lips. "There's this amazing Hindu temple at Finch
and Highway 427," he says. "It's made of thousands of carved
stone blocks that came from hundreds of Indian villages. All
the stones are different. They were sent here and assembled
in Toronto like a jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly, these pieces have
come together to form something larger and gorgeous. It's a
physical metaphor for the city and the country."
Rossi's parents emigrated from Puglia in southeastern
Italy in the late 1950s. The oldest of five children, Rossi was
born in 1962. He won a full scholarship to attend UCC from
Grade 1 on. Scholarships also took him to McGill University
and to Princeton University for a MA in politics. Says Rossi:
"I know first-hand that the public sector can't do it all. I have
lived the benefits of public -private partnerships."
A card-carrying member of the Liberal Party since age 1 1 ,
Rossi was one of those who urged fellow UCC grad Michael
Ignatieff '65 to return to Canada and federal Liberal politics.
Ignatieff then persuaded Rossi to straighten out the party
organization. In less than a year, Rossi tripled the party's
membership rolls and increased fundraising by 62 per cent.
But politics and Toronto pulled him back. "I missed my
family (wife, son, parents and other relatives)," says Rossi,
"and I wanted to make a direct impact on change."
No stranger to municipal politics, Rossi managed John
Tory's nearly successful mayoralty run against David Miller in
2003. Still, he acknowledges that the move from the back-
rooms to the streets contains some surprises.
"I had no idea it would be so much fun," he says. "I love
meeting people, experiencing their passion for the city. You
can really feed off their energy." Other aspects of campaign-
ing are more familiar.
"UCC prepared me for the candidates' debates," he says.
"At school, I developed a love of public speaking and critical
thinking. It has become incredibly valuable these days."
Rossi says UCC also taught him the value of hard work.
"I only know one speed — full-on forward," he adds. He will
Up close and personal
Rocco Rossi lets us in on a few secrets
hero: Leonardo da Vinci
life motto: The difficult choices in life are not between
good and bad but between good and good.
quality i most admire: Courage.
no one knows: I was born with three teeth.
MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY FOR LEADERS TO POSSESS:
The ability to get the best out of those around him or her.
favourite ice cream: Limone gelato.
favourite movie: Lawrence of Arabia.
ideal family afternoon: Sunday lunch with my entire
extended family at my parents' house eating my favourite dish,
my mother's eggplant parmagiana.
proudest memory: Captaining the UCC debating team to
victory in the provincial championships in Grades 12 and 13.
FAVOURITE TORONTO RESTAURANTS:
• grano: I spend a lot of time there. I know the owner, and its
food is typical of my parents' region. So when I can't get to
mom's, we eat at Grano.
• chiado: There's no better place for fish. It's Portuguese
and a little pricey, but it's excellent. A rare treat.
• mezes: It's our favourite Greek place on the Danforth. I'm
mostly a vegetarian and their salads are phenomenal.
need to maintain that intensity to make an impression on a
voting public that tends to favour incumbents.
The last float has passed by, and it is time to join the
select group of marchers behind the parade. Ten more blocks
and then Rossi will drive across town to Scarborough for
event number two, a community picnic. As he walks, Rossi
catches the eye of an elderly man seated in a lawn chair on
the sidewalk. Rossi nods to him and the man returns the look
with a forceful thumbs-up. Smiling, Rossi strides ahead. ■
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By Andrea Aster
Trip to Arctic Circle honours heritage
of UCC's first Nunavut student
John Aziz 10 and dad Andrew Aziz '80 take an ATV for a spin in
Kugluktuk. (Andrew's father is William Aziz '41.)
Imagine canoeing along the Coppermine River to the Arctic
Sea, above the tree line, wearing full-body nets to combat
mosquitoes, seeing 10-inch wide bear footprints and eat-
ing raw Arctic Char tempered by the wasabi and ginger you
were smart enough to bring along.
Such was this camping trip of a lifetime, June 27- July
12, a collaboration between the community of Kugluktuk,
Nunavut, UCC geography teacher Craig Parkinson '94, several
Old Boys and boarding student Angulalik Pedersen '11 who
comes from Kugluktuk.
After countless conversations with Pedersen about the
North, Parkinson developed the idea for the trip. It generated
interest amongst the broader UCC community, and ultimately,
trip members included Andrew Aziz '80, John Aziz '10, IB2
students Philip von Hahn and Robert Willoughby, Founda-
tion Year student Charlie Walker '13, James Raffan (a former
outdoor education professor of Prep and Upper School Head
Don Kawasoe's, from Queen's University), plus Parkinson and
As well, four students from Pedersen's community of
Kugluktuk came along. It was a historic trip for that commu-
nity as they'd never travelled down the nearby Coppermine
River by canoe, only by snowmobile in the winter. (They don't
"The trip was an absolute success," says Parkinson. It was
also bittersweet for one of the native students, Katrina Hato-
gina. She and Pedersen had lost a friend to suicide recently
and the news was so difficult she almost dropped out of high
school. To qualify for the four spots on the collaborative trip,
attendance records were monitored. The promise of the expe-
dition helped keep her on track during her Grade 12 year.
"When I was discussing the trip with Mr. Parkinson, we
wanted to create a selection process that helped students in
Kugluktuk succeed and stay in school," says Pedersen. "As a
result the opportunity to participate and be sponsored on the trip
created an incentive for students."
After 16 days, the expedition arrived in Kugluktuk for
Nunavut Day. During the festivities, both southerners and
northerners stood together having accomplished a historic feat.
"As UCC strives to ignite boys' curiosity, imagination and
passion and to challenge them to make a difference, students
must be exposed to positive community-building opportuni-
ties," says Parkinson. "The UCC community should be proud
that its school continues to support such positive program-
ming and experiential learning opportunities, not only for its
students, but for its Old Boys and teachers too."
Student entrepreneur makes the
Globe and Mail's Top 20 under 20'
The Globe and Mail was impressed by Aly Kassim-
Lakha, 17. As profiled in its recent "Top 20 under 20,"
feature in June, his achievements are eclectic and
wide-reaching for someone of any age.
He's president of the Model UN and the Debating Club.
He is a Horizons tutor and a Big Brother. And he also casts a
wide net when it comes to making a global impact. As a proj-
ect leader at the Shad Valley summer enrichment program
for high-school students, his team's company researched the
development of an anti-malaria mosquito net made of 100
per cent biodegradable coconut fibre. It's cheaper to produce
than the ones currently in use. The project earned interest
from an international company wanting to market the net,
when Kassim-Lakha graduates of course.
"I want to marry my passion for developing innovative
business ideas with my personal commitment to ethics," he
says. "I'm passionate about combining entrepreneurship with
being an honest, accountable leader."
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Foundation Year English students
meet famed director
Prep students interview
IBls about 'growing up'
Director Bruce MacDonald, brother of Upper School English Chair
Gregory MacDonald, shares his tips for cinematic success.
So what's it like directing Mickey Rourke in a movie? Is
he really the enfant terrible portrayed in tabloids?
Celebrated Canadian director Bruce MacDonald (brother
of Upper School English Chair Gregory MacDonald) shared
tales with the Foundation Year Writer's Craft class, May 28.
"I'm trying to develop a culture of [creative] writing at
the school," says English teacher Terence Dick, "so it gets
as much attention as theatre and music and art. I think it's
important for the boys to hear from people who aren't just
teachers or who might have chosen different careers than
MacDonald, whose Hard Core Logo is widely considered
one of the best Canadian movies ever, also spoke about This
Movie is Broken, a concert film about the acclaimed music col-
lective, Broken Social Scene. He also shared tips about directing:
"Making a movie is like 'jamming' in a band," he said. "It's a
social, not a solitary pursuit. So get your crew together — and
make sure you've got a great story. Even in an age of huge
production values, it's still about creating characters people
The Writer's Craft course is an optional Foundation Year
course that covers different types of creative writing, from
memoirs and poetry to short stories and journalism. Other
guest speakers in this year's course have included former
Rheostatics band member Dave Bidini. He spoke about his
book, For Those About to Write, a writing guide for teens.
Terence Dick says his hope is that even one or two
students get "blown away" by any particular guest speaker:
"My theory is that different boys will be affected by different
things and all I can do is expose them to a variety of options."
To view the clip of MacDonald's visit, go to youtube.com/
When Form 1 teacher Jennifer Harper wanted to
teach her class about "growing up," she had an
inspired idea. Why not have her students interview
some Upper School students about their advice for being
"Very few of these little boys have regular exposure or the
chance to talk to teenagers," she wrote in a widely sent email
to faculty. "The boys would be over the moon to sit down and
interview boys at the Upper School."
The response was immediate. Many teachers thought it
a terrific idea, and so Harper found herself walking her 18
six-year-olds up to Glen Vance's IB1 chemistry class for some
experiments and interviews, May 28.
After the experiment, the Prep students sat down, one to
one, and asked the IBls some good questions: What makes
you happy? How do you act with your family, your friends,
your teachers? What are you passionate about?
Not surprisingly, the older boys were careful to act as role
models, suggesting the younger boys act "responsibly, politely
and respectfully" with peers and elders alike.
"The exercise was part of a unit on teaching the boys to
form and justify their opinions," says Harper. The boys went
back to class to write articles about their experience, thrilled
at the chance to get a taste of what was in store at the Upper
School in years to come.
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Cole Bricker '11 picked for Canada's
world-champion debating team
Fresh from victory at the Hart House Debate Tourna-
ment in March, Cole Bricker '11 learned he had been
chosen as part of Debating Team Canada 201 1.
He joins illustrious company; this spring in Qatar, the cur-
rent Team Canada beat Team England to become the World
High School Debating Champions, representing the highest
level of debate in the world. The 2010 Competition featured
57 teams from countries including Israel, Palestine, India,
At the Hart House tournament, Bricker and partner Harris
Kaufman '07 lost only one debate in the entire tournament
(seven rounds in all) . They even defeated a Halifax team that
included one of the members of Team Canada.
"I am very proud of Cole making the team," says coach
Michael Muir. "He truly deserves it both in terms of his ability
and his huge amount of work this year to improve his debat-
Julia Kinnear replaces Michael Miller
as academic dean
It is a well-deserved appointment. Upper School History
Department Chair Julia Kinnear has been promoted to
academic dean, replacing Michael Miller who retired in
July after more than four decades at the College. (See
article, p. 30.)
Kinnear has chaired the History department since 2007,
and joined UCC in September 2004. She earned her Ph.D in
history from the University of Toronto and taught university
courses prior to her arrival.
"Julia is a highly decorated scholar and is very aware of
the expectations of universities," says Prep and Upper School
Head Don Kawasoe. "She is also a qualified and experienced
IB higher-level history teacher and extended essay marker
who has demonstrated strong knowledge and interest in all
aspects of the IB program."
UCC has emerged as a leader among International Bac-
calaureate (IB) schools, offering one of Canada's broadest
programs. The academic dean is responsible for administer-
ing all aspects of IB Diploma Program at UCC and ensuring
its standards are met and maintained. As well, the position
requires one to uphold the requirements of the Ontario Minis-
try of Education.
Kinnear has also been active as an adviser for the
World Affairs Conference and as a house adviser in
McHugh's and Wedd's. She is also eager to help students
leverage the value of the IB program as they prepare
"I am excited about this new role," says Kinnear, whose
familiarity with the university experience will serve students
well as they prepare for that transition. "It's an important
opportunity to support the school's core work of delivering a
first-rate academic program that prepares students to under-
take the challenges of a university education and, ultimately,
to become knowledgeable, responsible, caring citizens of the
Grade 6 math students make
their work count
One way for Grade 6 students to learn about percent-
ages is by doing calculations in math class. Another
is to actually help Prep Shop Manager Patti Cawker
increase the percentage of eco-friendly products sold in
The students did an impressive amount of research to
determine what constitutes a green product, explains Susan
Elliott, project leader of the Green School.
"This was an opportunity for the boys to extend their
learning outside the classroom," she says. They developed
criteria for green products including whether it was locally or
internationally produced, if it was an "ethical" company and if
the packaging was eco-conscious. They also looked at corpo-
rate websites to analyze the companies' values, for example, if
they donate to charities and how they treat their workers.
The three-month project also included having the boys
speak to 250 peers at a Christmas assembly about buying
green presents. They also met with potential vendors in the
shop and listened to their presentations.
"The project encompassed math, literacy and communica-
tion skills," says Elliott. And the boys raised the percentage of
green products in the shop from 14 to 20 per cent.
"It's a wonderful way for the boys to extend their learning;
they're using it," says Elliott. "They don't just 'know' it."
New outdoor classroom takes
The Manget Outdoor CLassroom is a breath of fresh air for students.
The sun is shining. Why can't we be outdoors?" That
was a common complaint heard in the spring and fall
months from our boys. With the stone seating installed
in early March, the Manget Outdoor Classroom has seldom
been empty since.
The new outdoor classroom was completed in May, the
culmination of months of work designing, constructing
and landscaping. Thanks to the vision of benefactors Joe
Manget and Christina Mauro-Manget, the boys now have a
beautiful outdoor space in which to learn, study and just
reflect in the sunshine.
The space is available to both Prep and Upper Schools,
and for boys to eat lunch and spend time studying in this
functional learning environment. Designed to reflect the Col-
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lege's green ethos, all of its elements are natural, local and
native to the surrounding area. A debt of gratitude is owed
not only to the Manget family but also to all faculty who sat
as part of the original design charette, and especially to the
grounds crew who worked tirelessly to see the classroom to
completion. Located right outside the Student Centre, the
classroom is another of UCC's state-of-the-art facilities and
will be used and enjoyed by our students for years to come.
UCC students walk the catwalk
in recycled clothes
UCC students hit the catwalk at Branksome Hall during
its first Green Fashion Show, March 26. The students
wore recycled garments and other eco-friendly cloth-
ing; by using "waste products" creatively, the student organiz-
ers encouraged teens and others to think about reducing or
reusing waste. The event raised more than $3,000 in support
"The students' creations included an outfit made of
reclaimed Taco Bell wrappers and a skirt, constructed of dis-
carded wire mesh," she says. "Some of the young fashion design-
ers created clothes made from organic cotton or previously worn
clothing found at Value Village and similar resale shops."
Other participating schools included Royal St. George's Col-
lege, St. Clement's School and The Bishop Strachan School.
Manhood and Boys' School
Principal Jim Power often gets asked, "So what do you
talk to the boys about?" He thought this Assembly
speech, delivered in May, was a good way to illustrate
Three articles have been — as they used to say in those
old Law and Order episodes — "ripped from today's
First, Lawrence Taylor, arguably the most disruptive
defensive player in the history of the National Football
League, was arrested on allegations that he raped a 16-year-
old girl last week. "LT" is no stranger to the police; this Hall
of Famer has failed drug tests before and his rap sheet covers
everything from call girls to crack cocaine.
Second, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of
the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger, is on the cover
of Sports Illustrated and not because of anything he's done
on the gridiron. "Big Ben" — like "LT" has had a number of
run-ins with the law, most recently an accusation of sexually
assaulting a 20-year-old female in a restroom. SI reports that,
when confronted about inappropriate behaviour in the past,
Roethlisberger has been able to avoid consequences by asking
that endearingly personal question, "Do you know who I am?"
(And Ben wasn't doing credit card commercials, though I fear
that part of his problem does relate to the question, "What's
in your wallet?")
Third, last week George Huguely, a 22-year-old University
of Virginia lacrosse player was accused of killing his ex-
girlfriend, the poetically named Yeardley Love. Hugely has
also had previous run-ins with the police, and last Monday
he admitted to breaking into Love's room, grabbing her and
pounding her head repeatedly against a wall.
George Huguely's story is an especially painful kick in
the gut for me because it strikes close to home. George
attended the same all-boys' elementary school that my own
sons attended in Maryland, and he went on to Landon School,
another all-boys' school that, with its great emphasis on
academic, artistic, and athletic excellence, reminds me quite
a bit of a boys' school on Lonsdale Road.
This third case forces us to take a long hard look — not
just at George Huguely, a product of 12 years of boys' school-
ing — but at ourselves. We have to ask, "What went wrong?"
Landon is so similar in so many ways to UCC, and what
happened at UVA could very well have taken place at the
University of Toronto.
We know a lot of people out there don't like boys' schools
because they see us as a bastion of elitism and privilege. This
issue came up just last week at a meeting for Prep parents,
where a number mentioned that, before sending their sons
here, they had misgivings. They were worried their boys might
become arrogant. These parents were pleased to report their
sons were still pleasantly and almost surprisingly down to earth.
But for many others, someone like George Huguely —
bright, talented, wealthy and athletic, serves as the poster
boy for all that is wrong with boys' private schools, especially
because of the perception that our schools worship at the
altar of athletics.
I wonder if schools don't inadvertently reinforce this
notion of athletic privilege? I have spent most of my life in
boys' schools, and I have never had a crying student tell me
the debating team had tormented him in the locker room.
There is a danger in stereotyping, but there remains the
perception that high-powered athletes have way too much
swagger and far too much sway.
I need to nuance this a bit because there is a fine line
between friendship and exclusion. And sometimes a band of
brothers can become just another posse of privilege. I think
we do a good job of understanding that difference, but George
Huguely reminds us that we can't take anything for granted.
Two years ago, former NFL star Joe Ehrman spoke at
Assembly about what he called "three myths of masculinity."
First, the more athletic boys start to marginalize their peers
as early as Grade 2. The myth is that masculinity is denned
by athleticism. Second, in high school some boys start to view
and treat females simply objects of gratification. The myth
is that masculinity is about objectifying and using women.
Third, in later life, the myth is that financial success and
social status define men, implying that only the best-dressed
and best-heeled among us are truly masculine.
Ehrman pointed out that professional athletes embody
these myths because they enjoy athletic superiority, the
adulation of women, and stunning financial rewards. In the
face of these myths, Ehrman defines the essence of manhood
as having the capacity and inclination to care for others. His
organization, Men for Others, tries to point out the dangers of
our culture's misguided views of masculinity.
I hope as you continue on your trek to manhood, you'll
continue to grasp a more elevated and robust sense of mascu-
linity — one that is neither exploitive nor patronizing. ■
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For many a young boarder with
energy and imagination to spare,
the desire to enliven their leisure
hours ushered in a bygone era of
By Martha Tuff
The Prep boarders in this 1898 photograph form a mysterious
tableau vivant. Clearly, they are gathered on someone's bed.
They are at ease, save for one alarmed face, his tennis rac-
quet held high to ward off danger. Why do the others remain
unperturbed? What does that boy see, beyond the frame,
which we cannot?
A quick trip through UCC history reveals the Prep boarders
in this image are putting on a bedtime play. In an age before
electronic media and weekend programs for boarders in our
now vibrant city, students were exceptionally resourceful about
creating their own fun. Boarder plays enlivened many a dull
evening and soothed many a young lad far from home. The
plays served to give boarders a heightened sense of a commu-
nity within a community, distinct yet tight-knit and creative.
So what was life like in the boarding houses during the
1890s, in the hours after classes and before bed? Surely sports,
homework, clubs and societies easily filled uneventful after-
noons for some. But in the early years, especially for the young
What, no YouTube? Informal boarder plays were a key form of entertainment in 1898.
boarders who lived and learned in the Peacock Building, it
was necessary to nil many a long, potentially boring afternoon,
evenings or weekends.
Student Frank Knott, Class of 1898, pictured here with a
tennis racquet, can perhaps offer insight. During his stay at
UCC, the grounds and the city itself were still evolving. There
weren't any movie theatres or shops to keep young boys out
of trouble. They were not allowed to venture off site without
supervision — save for Sunday morning church service.
But boys will be boys. So how did they spend their extra
energy? Well, UCC boys always have had vivid imaginations
and a sense of play. Theatre not only strengthened the bonds
between the boarders — it sure beat homework!
In the first few decades of the 1900s, informal theatrical
productions served to amuse and entertain the housemaster,
matron and other staff. The first official performance of
Prep boarders, however, began in 1940 with the play
Wappin' WJiarf: A Frightful Comedy of Pirates by Charles
S. Brooks under the guidance of Housemaster Charles
Frederick Carson (1938-45).
(These plays had historical precedent in the school's rich
theatrical tradition. The first Prep play, staged in 1909, was
scenes from The Merchant of Venice. The following year the
Drama Club began, and regular plays have been a part of the
academic year ever since.)
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, other Prep boarders
productions included Pinocchio (1946-47), The Mikado
(1948-49), and The Taming of the Shrew (1953-54). These
performances, produced by and for the boarding community,
heightened the sense of belonging and fun, akin to a family
atmosphere. It also provided boarders with a sense of accom-
plishment and pride.
At the Upper School, Seaton's and Wedd's also staged
boarders-only theatrical performances in conjunction with the
College's Little Theatre productions. (The latter were open
to the entire student body.) Again, this practice united the
Houses and gave boarders a welcome distraction from regular
In College Times (Summer 1961), the "Seaton's Show"
is said to be the only remaining House in the school which
continues to put on a yearly theatrical performance:
"The skits themselves were executed most realistically and
the costumes were picturesque to say the least. Some of the
female parts were played so well that a variety of young ladies
in the audience felt touched with jealousy." Wedd's House also
managed to join in: "The Wedd's chorus supplied a welcome
addition to the evening."
Boarder plays are no longer produced at UCC; boarding at
the Prep was phased out in 1980 and the Upper School boarders
of Seaton's and Wedd's are fully involved in school-wide activities.
And while something is lost in their absence, I'm sure
Frank Knott would be happier to be a boarder today, with
all the activities and opportunities given to boys who call
Seaton's and Wedd's their home.
But still, boys will be boys and will make the best of it.
So, no, the boy in the photograph is not fighting off invis-
ible enemies, ghosts said to haunt the House — according
to Housemaster lore to keep the boys in bed after lights out!
He is merely acting a scene of surprise and horror, to amuse,
to entertain, to pass the time before brushing his teeth and
going to bed.
If you can identify any of the other boys in this picture,
please email Archivist Martha Tuff at firstname.lastname@example.org. m
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It was a bold move for Justin Wu '04 to tell his parents
he didn't want to be a doctor. Here's how he got from
the hallways of UCC to the catwalks of Paris.
By Sean Davidson
Paris is about 6,000 kilometres from Toronto as the crow
flies, but Justin Wu took the long way 'round on his
unexpected trek from the halls of UCC to the runways
of Fashion Week.
But then, it's fair to say "high-end fashion photographer"
is not the most common career in which Old Boys eventually
land. And for a long time, little on Wu's record — biology and
pre-med, missionary work in Jamaica — suggested he'd end
up hobnobbing with models and designers for a living. Or that
he'd do it so quickly.
At UCC, Wu was "stuck in a very difficult place, trying
to decide whether to go into arts or sciences." For the usual
reasons (money, stability, pleasing one's parents) science won
out. He set aside his camera, sculpting clay and sketch book
to chase a medical degree, entering Queen's University as an
undergrad in biology.
"I quickly realized it wasn't for me," says Wu, an elfm
24-year-old. The emotional stress of dealing with patients —
never mind the idea of performing actual surgery — seemed
overwhelming and the alternative, research, looked dull.
He continued to take photos on the side, and before long,
his artistic stills of decaying buildings and the like wound up
in local galleries. "I had a long, hard talk with my parents tell-
ing them I'd find a way to make a profession of photography,"
he says, on the phone from the City of Lights.
Which is easier said than done — especially when one
has no formal training. He finished pre-med and wrangled his
way into the Richard Ivey School of Business. How does going
from pre-med into business lead to photography? Normally it
wouldn't, but in Wu's case it gave him the insight he needed
to make a living as a lensman.
Justin Wu shoots the cover of Mykromag, a magazine in Amsterdam.
"Art photography is very, very difficult to enter," he notes
dryly, "and how many artists can make a living off it?" He
needed to find a kind of photography that was both artistic
and profitable. "The answer was fashion."
While still at Ivey, Wu built a studio in his apartment and
worked for the small fashion section of a campus newspa-
per. His work caught the eye of a local modelling company
and, before long, an internship in Toronto connected him to
giant agencies like Ford and Elite. His big break came when
an exchange program at Ivey sent him to Paris — a golden
opportunity to build on connections he'd made in Canada.
His connections allowed him to shoot models for free,
and to improve his portfolio, while he "dug even deeper" into
the industry with a marketing internship under celebrated
designer Damir Doma. All of which adds up to a dizzying run
of good luck, though he still wasn't making much money.
"There's not as much money in fashion as you imagine,"
he says. "That's the impression you get from Hollywood, that
money just flows. But the really big houses like Dior, they
don't make so much money because they're so exclusive."
He's been in Paris since 2009 and has extended his
student visa by entering a masters program (again, in busi-
ness). His work has appeared in L'Officiel, the Mediterranean
equivalent of Vogue, in Spam's Vanity Teen and on a recent
cover of France's Twill magazine. (His blog at http://jwu-
photo.tumblr.com/ documents his ongoing work.)
Wu is also a regular at the various Fashion Weeks in Paris,
London and Milan — and the Mideast. The biggest notch in
his belt is a recent ad campaign from high-end brand Axara
Paris, now on billboards worldwide.
Ads, he explains, are a significant step up from magazines
and they pay a lot better. Wu was stopped dead in the street
earlier this summer when he saw his photo, of a woman in a
gold sequined dress, going up on a billboard in Paris
"It was probably my proudest moment," says Wu. "Noth-
ing prepares you for that."
By chance, he happened to be on his way to a Canadian
bar with UCC classmate Jason Rabinovitch '04. "I looked
up and saw my photo and thought, I remember sitting in
the UCC hallways wondering what careers we would have.
There's no way I could have imagined myself here." ■
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an Old Boy
Need advice? Want help from an expert on an
issue that's puzzling you? We'll track down an
Old Boy who can answer your question.
Ask Charles Wachter '93
He is an executive producer who has produced over 100
hours of television including NBC's American Gladiators
and ABC's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which just won
a 2010 Primetime Emmy for outstanding reality series.
A graduate of Yale University and New York University's
graduate film program, Charles credits his time at UCC
for his love for learning and the arts. With two young
sons, Jack and Ethan, he hopes to continue the tradi-
tion some day.
Q: How do you teach a man to cook?
A: Until recently, I had no idea how to cook. I was the
My wife once caught me adding bananas to an omelet. In
a chili-cooking contest, I thought ketchup would be a great
secret ingredient. Who doesn't love ketchup? It tasted like
fish for some reason. I was useless.
Then I met celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
Since leaving UCC, I have become a television producer
in Los Angeles. While the fast-paced life has made for a fun
ride, it has taken a toll on my health and weight. My latest
series was a show called Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution for
ABC. At first, it was like every other show I have produced: a
hard grind punctuated by bad catered food and the odd bit of
glamour. It was my first executive producer credit on a net-
work series and I thought the show was going to change my
life. It most certainly did, just not in the way I expected.
I learned to cook.
By a unique quirk of production, I ended up living with
Jamie for three months. As he was a chef, we couldn't put him
up in a hotel. He needed a kitchen. (He cooks after all!) The
plan was for me, and a few of the other executive producers,
to live with him so we could brainstorm over dinner in
When I first moved into the house, I opened the fridge to
find a wall of vegetables and nothing else. I said to a friend,
"there is no food in here." I was serious. I didn't know how to
cook, so all I could see was salad. How wrong was I?
Jamie cooked every single night. No matter how long the
shoot days, there he would be in his boxer shorts and his back-
wards baseball cap making some of the greatest meals I have
ever had in my life. Day in, day out, he was a chameleon —
Indian, Thai, French cuisine, all prepared with the unique,
fresh twist he brings to his food.
It took a celebrity chef to teach me something very simple
I discovered that cooking a great meal is not an end in
itself; it is a journey with its own detours, discoveries, unfore-
seen obstacles and hidden delights. What I learned from
Jamie was what to pack for the trip.
First, throw out your recipes and your Jamie Oliver
cookbooks. Instead, fill your kitchen with these basics. In
your fridge, you need at least ten completely different types
of fresh vegetables, preferably organic. You don't need a lot
20 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
Charles Wachter '9
(back right) how to
cook on the set of
Jamie Oliver's Food
of each, just a large variety and with as many colours as pos-
sible. Clear the center shelf in your fridge and get glass bowls
for your vegetables. Do not hide them in the "vegetable" bins.
Trust me, you will learn to love them.
Second, fresh herbs. You need at least five. Rosemary,
thyme, sage, basil and cilantro. Keep them on the side of the
fridge in loosely tied plastic bags. In the pantry, you need
olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy, grains such as pasta, rice, and
as many spices as you can handle. Top it off with some fresh
meat of your choice.
That is it. This is how you cook a Jamie Oliver meal. Open
the fridge and pick an interesting set of vegetables. Cook
them. Vegetables are cooked one of two ways Jamie told me.
Slow-and-low or fast-and-hot.
Once you have that going, add some herbs that fit the
world cuisine your vegetables gravitate towards. If you don't
know, follow this rule: counter savoury with sweet, salt
Have some chopped asparagus, onions, garlic and leeks
crackling on a high temperature. Throw in some cilantro, soy,
and at the last minute, crushed peanuts to give it an Asian
flair. Add some cooked rice into the frying pan to crisp it up
and you have amazing stir-fried rice.
Or maybe your wandering leads you to a slow-and-low
tomato-based sauce simmering with some fun looking egg-
plant you found. Crush some
garlic. Spread it and olive
oil on your favorite bread.
Toast it in the oven. Add a
pan-seared piece of chicken
(oil, lemon, rosemary) to the
mix, and you've got a killer
Here's the thing. Can I
cook like Jamie Oliver? No, not
remotely; however, what I look
forward to more than anything
is coming home to my family
after a long day of shooting,
opening a fridge full of fresh,
healthy ingredients and cook-
ing something for them.
Next up for the Wachter family? My wife wants me to
produce a series about chocolate and massage therapy. ■
Charles Wachter won an Emmy for
"best reality show" for producing Jamie
Oliver's Food Revolution, August 29.
Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 21
Each issue of Old Times features an Old Boy who
has made outstanding contributions to the College,
the nation, or to global causes. In this issue, writer
Michael Benedict profiles such a man.
Gordon Cheesbrough '71, financier
extraordinaire, true friend to many,
passionate advocate for UCC's
After Dave Hadden 71 visited "Chees" on the last day
of his life, he remembered a dinner conversation they
had a few months earlier.
"Chees preached to me about the benefits of healthy eat-
ing and exercise," Hadden recalls. "He said he planned on liv-
ing well into his 80s, and he wanted to make sure that I would
still be around to keep him company. He said I had better look
after myself so I could be there to share the fun."
Adds Hadden: "That was just like him. He thrived on
camaraderie and was always genuinely concerned about the
Gordon "Chees" Cheesbrough 71 died on June 23 at age 57,
succumbing to a rare and virulent lymphoma cancer that struck
him just weeks earlier. His sudden loss was mourned not just by
family and friends, but also by the College to which he devoted
so much of his life. UCC opened its quadrangle for the post-
funeral reception that attracted some 600 well wishers.
Another classmate and lifelong friend, Chris Taylor 71,
tells how Cheesbrough's attitudes as a UCC boy foreshadowed
the tremendous success he would have as an adult.
"We were on the football team together," says Taylor. "I
played the line, and he was a wingback which meant that he
got to carry the ball. But after every time he ran down the
field, he came back to thank the blockers who made the yard-
age possible." In later life, Cheesbrough attributed his Bay
Street ascendancy to bringing others together to achieve a
"UCC," he once said, "prepared me for the world of busi-
ness by teaching me how to build a team out of a group of
individuals with varying strengths." He added, "The key to my
success was the realization that winning as a team was more
fun than winning individually."
Cheesbrough's long-time UCC cricket coach Michael
Adamson also spotted the same personality trait that
allowed "Chees" to flourish as an adult. Adamson says now
that he chose Cheesbrough for his cricket team not for
his ability, which was "limited," but because he was a
"He was not my first-choice as a player, but he was my first
choice as a person," Adamson remembers more than 40 years
later. "His contribution was as one of the gang."
Long after he graduated, Cheesbrough stayed in touch
with his former cricket coach, visiting him periodically in
Niagara-on-the-Lake where he had retired. Cheesbrough also
spearheaded, without telling Adamson, a fundraising cam-
paign that led to the establishment of a UCC cricket pavilion
that bears Adamson's name. Says Adamson: "He was one of
the most genuinely likeable men I encountered in 43 years as
After UCC, Cheesbrough took philosophy at the University of
Toronto and subsequently became an avid booster of the value
of a liberal arts education. "An arts education broadens your
horizons," he said. "Well-read people with broad interests, these
are our problem solvers."
Upon graduation from U of T in 1974, Cheesbrough
landed a job as a bond trader with McLeod Young Weir. Six-
teen years later, at just 38, he became its president. In 1998,
Cheesbrough led a leveraged buyout of mutual fund manager
Altamira Investment Services, becoming its president and
CEO. Four years later, he engineered Altamira's sale to the
National Bank of Canada and co-established his own invest-
ment house, Blair Franklin Capital Partners that became a
leader in the field.
Conquering Bay Street, however, did not swell Chees-
brough's head. "For all his accomplishments and successes,
he was always 'Chees,' " says Taylor.
Those achievements did, however, make him appreciate
the UCC education and experiences that laid the foundation
22 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
for his remarkable attainments. At one point, his widowed
mother could not afford the school fees, and UCC men-
tors arranged a scholarship. In later life, he worked hard to
return the favour, serving on a number of college commit-
tees and its board of governors for seven years, the last
five as chair.
After his term, the College proposed the abolition of the
school's residential program. Cheesbrough, who boarded
at the school after his mother remarried and moved to the
United States, joined a lobbying campaign to reverse the
decision. He sat on the Boarding Task Force, and the board
accepted its recommendation to maintain and enrich the
school's residential program.
"He forcefully and vigorously defended his position," says
Rob Prichard '67 who also served on the committee.
"Gord and others challenged us to look at boarding, not as a
'program' but as a part of UCC's core identity as a 180-year-old
school," says Principal Jim Power.
Adds Suzanne Heft, secretary to that committee and now
the college's associate vice-principal of Advancement: "He
was very tenacious, a real scrapper. But at heart, he was a
very proud and committed Old Boy."
Cheesbrough also contributed generously to ensure that
the boarding program could continue and recently estab-
lished a scholarship fund for deserving boys.
Says his old friend Hadden: "Chees cared deeply about
UCC. He was extremely generous with his time, his talent and
treasure. He was a very special person." ■
Today, tomorrow and always
Gord and Kim Cheesbrough made a leadership gift
in 2010 to the Campaign for UCC
With a leadership gift of $1 million earmarked for boarding
renewal at the College, Gord Cheesbrough was one of the
first to step up and, by doing so, inspire others to follow their
"If we believe that UCC should continue to stand among the
world's great schools into the future, we need to actively shape
that future," he said, "not by only hoping, but by ensuring that
the best students can come to UCC today, tomorrow and always.
The way we ensure that is to invest in it now, with our dollars and
with our commitment."
The Gordon Cheesbrough Bursary, in existence for a decade,
has supported many boys, most recently Loyan Issa '12. The new
gift means more boarders will be able to attend UCC for genera-
tions to come.
Above & Beyond
With his gifts of time and talent,
Gord Cheesbrough left a lasting legacy.
• Board of Governors 1995-2002; Chair 1997-2002
• Principal's Advisory Council Member 2001-10
■ BoardingTask Force 2007-08
• Principal's Advisory Council Member 2009-10
■ Governance & Nominating Sub-Committee 2002-06
• Honorary Trustee of UCC Foundation (elected April 2002)
•Sir John Colborne Society Member (joined 1993-94)
• Russell Square Society Member Q'oined 2009-10)
• Long-Range Planning Sub-Committee 2001-02
Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 23
A poignant new video and website celebrate College
icon "Miss B." UCC's head nurse for almost 50 years,
Barbara Barrow is affectionately considered our only
"female Old Boy."
By Andrea Aster
As someone who never met "Miss B," but walks by her
oil-painted likeness in the Upper School's Memorial
Wing each day, it was a revelation to see her, alive, in
the new, incredibly moving 25-minute film about her, A Por-
trait of Miss B. The movie is the centrepiece of the Barbara
Barrow Foundation's new website. It's intended as a place to
sustain her memory, and to showcase and maintain connec-
tions among the Barrow Scholars — UCC students whom
the proceeds of her estate have supported since her death in
1994. (See profiles on next page.)
Barrow was UCC's head nurse from 1938-80. Lincoln
Caylor '87 remembers her dedication to the College and her
steel-trap memory for alumni names. Now a lawyer with Ben-
nett Jones in Toronto and chairman of the Barrow Founda-
tion, Caylor recounts an encounter with Barrow, whom he'd
never met, while heading home on the public bus, after school
in the 1980s.
"This little old lady in a nurse's uniform saw my Prep blazer
and asked me who I was," says Caylor. "When I told her my last
name she said, 'Oh, are you Peter's or Jim's son?' It was remark-
able because she hadn't seen either Old Boy in decades, but
remembered their names. It's even more remarkable when you
think of all the students who'd graduated since then." (Peter
'56 is, in fact, Caylor's uncle. His father is Jim '58.)
But that's just how Barrow was, as you'll see in the film
(produced and directed by UCC's film studies teacher Mark
Battley, with music by director Atom Egoyan's sister, Eve).
The daughter of a doctor in the rough wilds of northern
Alberta, Barrow came to UCC just before the Second World
War in 1938, fresh from graduate studies in nursing at the
Hospital for Sick Children. Countless numbers of Old Boys
maintained close ties with her after their days at the College,
including some who were soldiers overseas during the Second
World War. Even after she retired in 1980, until her death in
1994, Barrow continued to write a regular column in
Upon her death, she left her estate to the College. Her
solicitor, Terry Wardrop '48, established the Barrow Founda-
tion days before her death. Since then, "through the principal
left to the Barrow Foundation, and expendable scholarships
made since 1995, the College and its boys have benefited in
excess of $800,000, and will continue to do so for the foresee-
able future," says Caylor.
Like every Barrow Scholar, "I didn't know her, though I
am a part of her legacy, as a beneficiary of her generosity and
devotion to the College," says J. P. Mackay '02, now a trustee
of the foundation (and son of Jim Mackay who taught at
UCC from 1980-90, serving as athletic director, and teaching
physical education and science). Nevertheless, all Barrow
scholars share a common trait with Miss B. "They are the type
of boys who would have come to her attention; like her, they
are involved in College life beyond the curriculum."
The group of 19 Barrow Scholars to date meet annually at
the College to reunite and celebrate Miss B's legacy; how-
ever, not all are able to attend since many live outside of the
province. The website, therefore, serves as a meeting place
for past scholarship recipients to stay connected with one
another and the foundation. In addition, the site allows those
Old Boys who knew Miss B to submit memories of her to help
preserve her legacy.
"It's a place for Old Boys of similar calibre and purpose to
unite in her memory," says Mackay.
One of the most touching scenes in the movie is the open-
ing one, where Grade 8 art students are asked to interpret
the iconic Memorial Wing-portrait of Miss B for an exam.
They draw her as they see her, though they've never met her,
and through their work she comes alive in UCC's institutional
memory once again.
Truly, through this new film about her and the ongoing
procession of Barrow Scholars who sustain her highest ideals,
Miss B and her legacy lives on.
24 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
Boys of Barrow
Supported by her legacy, this sampling of Barrow
Scholars are exactly the sort of Old Boys Barbara
Barrow would like to have known.
Jason Hwang '96
After a stint studying history and literature at Harvard, and
then law at New York University, Hwang spent seven years at
the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He
recently switched to Downtown Manhattan CDC, a non-profit
real estate development company providing affordable hous-
ing for low income tenants.
Zack Bell '98
He was the assistant captain of the Varsity hockey team at
UCC and "outstanding defenseman" for both Varsity hockey
and lacrosse in his graduating year. Bell played for the Varsity
Blues at the University of Toronto, followed by a brief stint
in professional hockey in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast
Hockey League). He studied journalism at the Atlantic Media
Institute in Halifax, N.S. He is now the morning co-host of
P.E.I.'s K Rock 105.5 radio in Charlottetown.
Steven Mungovan '99
At UCC, his half dozen prizes included the General Profi-
ciency Prize. He graduated from Harvard with honors in
economics in 2004 and tutored disadvantaged youths in Bos-
ton's Mission Hill neighborhood. A talented golfer, Steven has
competed in many junior and amateur tournaments includ-
ing the Canadian Amateur Championship. He worked at the
Goldman Sachs Group in the investment banking division and
the financing group from 2004-08. He studies law at Columbia
Law School graduating next June.
Sebastian Borza '02
He was the special events and athletics steward at UCC and
captain of the Varsity hockey team. Among his many awards
was the prestigious J. Herbert Mason Medal. Upon graduat-
ing, Sebastian was recruited to play NCAA Division 1 hockey
at Princeton University where he studied computer science.
Borza lives in New York where he works for the Goldman
Sachs Group as a technology analyst.
J. P. Mackay '02
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of
British Columbia in 2006, where he played varsity football
and baseball. He is currently an asset manager at RioCan
Real Estate Investment Trust, managing a portfolio of com-
mercial real estate with a market value that exceeds $1.7
billion. At UCC, he is a member of the Board of Governors
Long-Range Planning Committee on Boarding, the Recruit-
ment Advisory Committee, the Boarding Reunion Weekend
Planning Committee and is a trustee of the Barrow Founda-
tion, currently the only past Barrow Scholar on its board.
Sebastien Belanger '04
He graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine, after earning a
bachelor's degree, majoring in mathematics and economics,
and minoring in German. At Bowdoin, he was a co-captain of
the varsity hockey team in his senior year. He then completed
a Master's of Science Administration, focusing on finance, at
Sherbrooke University in Quebec. He took the first two levels
of the Chartered Financial Analyst exams and is moving back
to Toronto to start his career.
Jason Rabinovitch '04
He studied mechanical engineering at Yale University where
he was a member of the Varsity sailing team and spent a sum-
mer as an engineer at the world-renowned European Organi-
zation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
In June 2009, he completed a Master's in Aerospace Engi-
neering at the California Institute of Technology. His further
graduate studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris included
a second master's in fluid mechanics before returning to
California to begin a PhD in aerospace engineering. The lofty
subject is "hypersonic ablation," which refers to the heat gener-
ated by high-speed spacecraft entering the Earth's atmosphere.
Meet an icon: Watch A Portrait
of Miss B and share memories at
Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 25
Ryan Archer — IT integrator.
Lisa Bonney — science teacher,
Upper School, part-time.
Martha Boyce — Life Skills and
David Brown — coordinator,
Intermediate and Senior Division,
Wernham & West Centre for Learning,
Upper School, (maternity leave for
Steven Carr — residential assistant.
David Crawford — teacher, IB Film.
Max Dionisio — library cataloguer,
Upper School (part-time).
Leigh Francescutti — administrative
assistant, Creativity, Action & Service.
Michelle Golfman — senior
development officer, Advancement.
Christie Gordon — teaching
Amy Hewson — IB administrative
Charmaine Ing — economics
teacher, Upper School.
Jody Jacobson — director of
constituency relations, Advancement.
Peggy Lau — administrative assistant,
Aaron Lee — residential assistant.
Bob MacWilliams — Web database
Fiona Marshall — history teacher,
Jeff McGuiness — senior
development officer, Advancement.
Justin Murray — residential
Chetan Prasad — math teacher,
Matthew Sullivan — instructor,
Norval Outdoor School.
Monika Kastelic — moves from
part-time to full-time Norval Outdoor
Michelle Baron — science teacher,
Jason Blackwood — instructor,
Norval Outdoor School.
Dave Borden — history teacher,
Adam de Pencier — English
teacher, Upper School.
Chris Doner — math teacher,
Upper School (part-time) .
Angie Foster (now Kelly) —
associate director, constituency
relations & Common Ties,
Candace Harrison — French
Richard Hood — IB conference
co-ordinator, Upper School, (part-
time), (See article, p. 31.).
Kim Hotson — phys-ed teacher,
Fariborz Khanzadeh — Web
Mary Kelly — art teacher, Prep
Leanne Mergeles — researcher,
Eric Maerov — English teacher,
Muni Mendoza — teaching
Michael Miller — retired (See
article, p. 30.).
Brendan Munhall — residence
Mike Murphy — manager, Blues
Naomi Nath — IB administrative
Vlneeta Nathan — English teacher,
Prep, (on contract).
Suzanne Newell — Form 5 teacher,
Tavo Rooneem — teacher, IB film.
Tim Salter — math teacher, Upper
Luis Saravia — math teacher,
M.J. Woolacott — counsellor, Prep.
Castrillon — Hugo Castrillon,
database systems manager, and wife
Lesley welcomed Adrian Danilo,
Karakoulas — Maria Karakoulas,
special events coordinator,
Advancement, and husband Gregory
welcomed Panos, October 16.
McDonald — Gregory McDonald,
Chair of English, Upper School, and
wife Krishpa welcomed Anita Grace
Kotecha, April 25.
Singer — Jennifer Singer, senior
development associate, Advancement,
and husband Barry welcomed Evan
Jordan, July 2.
Sturino — Mario Sturino, Chair of
Physical Education, Upper School, and
wife Kelly welcomed Chloe Lynn Marie,
April 25. ■
Anita Grace McDonald was delivered
en route to hospital.
26 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
The New York branch of UCC's Alumni Association
has flourished over the past decade, thanks to its
charismatic president, Fabio Savoldelli '80.
By Andrea Aster
What if you held an alumni branch event in Manhattan
and no one came? That's exactly what happened 21
years ago when the UCC Association attempted to
revive that branch with invites to its first social event in many
years. Invites went out to Old Boys in the city that never
sleeps. That night at least, everyone was home in bed.
Things have picked up since then. At the vibrant, annual
reception at the storied Knickerbocker Club on the Upper
East Side last April, varied success stories were shared —
everything from Wall Street dealings to opening Mexican res-
taurants. Then it was off for a steak dinner, the official meal
of Old Boys everywhere. But, being New York, the venue of
choice wasn't The Keg. It was the Sparks Steakhouse where
mafia boss Paul Castellano and mobster Thomas Bilotti were
gunned down, near its entrance, in 1985, under orders
from John Gotti.
New York is larger than life, as is its branch president of 10
years, Fabio Savoldelli, former chief investment officer for Merrill
Lynch Investment Alternative Strategies, now chief investment
officer at Optima Fund Management. Since he took the helm of
the New York branch, membership has swelled from 22 to close
to 150, making it one of the Association's biggest.
Moreover, many who know Savoldelli remark on the
staggering numbers of Old Boys in Manhattan to whom he
has offered career mentoring, even jobs. (And his twin sons,
James and Hugh, 12, are Gladwellian "connectors" in training.
At a recent dinner he and wife Gabrielle hosted, with Prin-
cipal Jim Power, in Savoldelli's Upper West Side home, the
boys, in grey flannels and blue blazers were there to host and
shake hands, faultlessly.)
With modesty, Savoldelli himself credits the rise of the
New York branch to the largesse of the Long family. Hampton
'95 and his father Michael host the annual reception at the
Knickerbocker. "The Longs are really the key to the whole
thing," he says. Others might differ, or at least add to that.
Russell Higgins '81 is a member of UCC's Board of Gover-
nors and has been friends with Savoldelli for 35 years. When
Savoldelli received his pilot's licence this summer, his three-
hour maiden voyage was from Charlottesville, VA to Higgins'
cottage on Stoney Lake.
"Fabio is hypersocial," says Higgins. "His charisma pulled
the New York branch together and now it has a life of its
own. Because of his charm and persuasive powers he tends
to get things done." Indeed, Higgins recounts a tale from
their university days when Savoldelli told Higgins to "grab
The Milan-born Italian speaker had scored tickets to the
Formula One race in Detroit that weekend, and "Fabio had
arranged for us to work as translators for the French and
Italian teams at the event," says Higgins. "Unbelievably, the
two of us plus one other guy were the only translators. I had
exactly two semesters of college Italian. Fortunately, no one
died as a result of our efforts and a great time was had by all.
This is Fabio all over: "Mr. Can Do."
Savoldelli's can-do attitude is legendary among New York-
based Old Boys. Thirty per cent of all UCC alumni in the U.S.
are in New York and he's there to give them a leg up. They
include John McCarthy '91 who worked with Savoldelli at
Merrill Lynch and is now at Carlson Capital managing hedge
funds, and James Morrissey '95, now a vice-president doing
likewise at BlackRock.
"I never fail to be impressed by the Ivy League schools
and the companies represented, when we all get together
— Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs," says
Savoldelli. "For a small school it's a disproportionate list of
success. In part, the reason is our Canadian guys have an
international perspective, growing up with both English and
French, and multi-ethnic communities. You don't see that in
non-metropolitan American cities."
New York-branch reception attendees have included a
wide swath of those making their mark in New York — Andy
Chisholm 77, a managing director at Goldman Sachs; John
Thompson '60, former vice-chair of IBM Worldwide; investor
Bernie Gustin '65; and past-parent Dan Sullivan, Canadian
Consul General. Indeed the branch has come a long way since
then-presidents Peter Meltzer '69 and Kevin Clark 77 had
the good sense to attempt to revive it in 1989, says Savoldelli.
Some things, however, never change. He says:
"Despite all the success in the room, calling out a rival
House name still elicits catcalls." ■
-r) The Savodellis, James, Fabio, Hugh and Gabrielle vacation in Gabbio, Italy.
Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 27
^«: i "<
Association Day Activities
8:15 a.m. - New Parents' Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Prep Soccerfest
- UCC Market
10: 00 a.m.- Michael E. Jurist Memorial Tennis Tourna
10: 45 a.m.- Alan Harris Old Boys' SoccerToumamen 1
11:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies -
celebrating Class and Boarding Reuni
11:30 a.m. - Silent Auction Opens
- Barbecue Lunch Opens
- Kidzone Opens
- St. Jamestown Steel Band
- Popcorn and Ice Cream Stand Opens
12:00 p.m. - Family Skate (William P Wilder
Arena and Sports Complex)
- Varsity Soccer vs. Ridley
- Varsity Volleyball vs. Villanova
12:30 p.m. - Hospitality Terrace Opens
2:00 p.m. - Farewell to Paul Winnell
2:30 p.m. - Varsity Football vs. Villanova
For a full schedule of Association Day events, visit:
* ^y Commemorate the Past,
jfgp Present and Future
-0 of the UCC Boarding Program
Friday, September 24
9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. - Reunion GolfTournament
5:30 p.m. - Reception for all past and present Boarders
and their families
Saturday, September 25
Boarding Reunion Festivities
7:00 p.m. Reunion Dinner for all Boarders
Sunday, September 26
11:30 a.m. - Breakfast for all Boarders and their families
1:00 p.m. - Wedd's vs. Seaton's Sports Day
(frolf, shinny hockey and soccer).
For a full schedule of Boarding Reunion events and to
register, visit: www.ucc.on.ca/BoardingReunion
Welcome back to UCC honoured classes:
1961, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
Friday, September 24
9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. - Reunion GolfTournament
Evening - various Class Reunion events (venues across Toronto)
Saturday, September 25
All day - Association Day
11:30 a.m. - Class of 1961, 50-Year-Tie Presentations
& Family Reception
12:00 p.m. - Class of 1985, 25-YearTie Presentations &
- Class of 2000 Basketball Game & Shinny Hockey
-Class of 2005 Dodgeball
- Class of 1975 Ball Hockey Game
4:30 p.m. - Class of 1990 Shinny Hockey
- Class of 1985 Shinny Hockey
7:00 p.m. Reunion Dinner for Honoured Classes
To make a gift to UCC in honour of your Reunion milestone visit:
For a full schedule of Reunion 2010 events and to register, visit:
Michael Miller, Assistant Head, Upper School,
International Baccalaureate Coordinator
Only a few rare individuals have contributed as much as
Michael Miller to the UCC community. Joining the College
in 1969 as an instructor in the Upper School and as a junior
housemaster, Miller retired in July as the College's academic
dean and coordinator of the IB Program. During his remark-
able 41 years of service here, Miller's participation and direc-
tion was integral to virtually all aspects of College life. Most
notably, he was a housemater (Mobray's, Wedd's, Martland's,
Orr's), a coach (football, basketball, cricket, badminton and
sailing) and an avid academic who principally taught history
and economics. Miller's numerous contributions have been
integral in steering the College to its current position of pre-
eminence amongst Canadian independent schools. His legacy
will endure at the College for years to come.
We'd like to share our fond memories and thoughts of
Miller from our experience as members of Wedd's, at the
outset of his 12-year tenure as senior housemaster. During
this pivotal period of our lives, we grew to respect, trust and
admire this fine gentleman, and we each became better men
for having had this privilege.
Miller joined us in Wedd's in 1987. Although many of us
knew him from the classroom or the sports field, we also knew
the position of boarding housemaster was unique among other
roles. With our livelihood squarely in his hands, we embarked
on our new relationship with uncertain expectations.
We learned quickly that Miller was a man of balance and
wise compromise — a pragmatist. For the Wedd's community,
this was a fresh and modern philosophy which would prove —
in time to be most welcome. With soft understatement and a
gentle "hands-off ' approach, Miller forged an environment of
trust and respect — and of high importance to these authors
— a strong belief in the concept of a "second chance." Miller
believed in redemption for us Wedd's boys, no matter what
the transgression. In hindsight, and as parents now ourselves,
we can better understand what Miller knew then; we are
all works in progress. What we remember to this day is that
Miller always believed in us, and much like a parent, held high
hopes for each of our futures.
Now 20 years removed from UCC, anecdotes have a way
of fading from our broader memories. However, as anyone
who experienced Wedd's during the Miller years knows, he
can generate some lasting memories. A favourite will always
be his regular evening and weekend house patrol during
which he customarily sported a uniform consisting of his blue
terrycloth bathrobe, white t-shirt, no socks and slippers. Dur-
ing these slow ambling patrols, he would often pause in the
doorways of certain select individuals — rarely enter — but
be certain to make eye contact with each inhabitant. At the
time, we had no doubt that part of his intended message
was that he was always watching (and he was). But perhaps
more relevant looking back is the other part of this message;
he was always available to anyone at any time (and he
always was) .
Miller understood better than anyone else that a boarding
house will slip into chaos without an understood and enforce-
able set of rules and principles. But he also appreciated that
raising 55 boys was not without nuance.
He — along with the support of his fine associate house-
masters — deftly achieved a sustainable balance between
adherence to rules, granting necessary opportunities, and
enjoyment, which is fundamental to nurturing young men.
Miller recognized that the best boarding environment must be
more than just the sum of its parts. It was one where an infor-
mal living environment of trust and respect would engender
30 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
We highlight this year's long-serving retirees, Michael Miller and
Richard Hood, with tributes by their students and colleagues.
a sense of family and ultimately a sense of pride to be part of
something so special.
We thank you for so much, Mr. Miller. We think of you
often, and on behalf of the entire UCC community, past and
present, we wish you the very best for a successful and fulfill-
This tribute by David Morgenstern '90, John O'Mahony
'90, Mark Hay-man '89 first appeared in the 2009-10
edition of College Times.
Richard Hood, International
Baccalaureate Conference Co-ordinator
When I first came to the College in 1983, Richard was one
of the first people on staff to befriend me. He took me out
to dinner just a few weeks after I arrived. I can't remember
what we talked about; there have been many conversations
since — at UCC, around our family dinner tables, in Tuscany,
New York, London, South Africa, and on innumerable runs
together — about every topic imaginable. Richard is a great
and true friend.
Richard is also a natural teacher. He loves to teach; he
loves to do it; he loves to think about it; he loves to talk about
it. What I have always most admired is his restless, curious
habit of mind. Whether in front of a Renaissance masterpiece
in the Uffizi, discussing a novel, watching a play, teaching a
poem or planning curriculum, Richard shows his characteris-
tic infectious enthusiasm and celebration of the creative act.
It is this love of culture — its history, its process its
products — that drives his desire to probe, to analyze, to ask
tough questions, whether in conversation with friends and
colleagues, or in front of a class. He is a great teacher because
he is an insatiable learner.
In his time at UCC, Richard has coached multiple sports,
directed (and written) plays, provided strong guidance and
leadership as a senior housemaster and made a valuable contri-
bution to the way the College thinks about student leadership.
He challenges students not passively to accept responsi-
bility but actively to take responsibility for the quality of their
lives at UCC, and through this experience, to develop the
habit of engagement that might serve them and others well
throughout their lives.
The declaration, "We believe in boys," reflects the way
Richard has always done his job; he meets the boys every day
where they are, both literally and figuratively, and holds out
for them a vision of their best selves. Then, in the time-hon-
oured way of a natural teacher, through thorough planning,
strong execution, clear intuition and considerable accumu-
lated wisdom, he helps them chart a path to get there and
travels it with them.
Richard may be retiring from UCC but he will continue to
teach: formally as an internationally popular teacher trainer
for the International Baccalaureate, and informally, simply as
a man who loves ideas and people equally. As an institution
that has traditionally held commitment to ideas and to people
at its core, he will be missed.
This tribute by Colin Lowndes, former assistant head,
student life, now deputy headmaster/head of Upper School
at Crescent School, first appeared in the 2009-10 edition
of College Times. ■
Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 31
A former UCC football star donates $700,000 to help
make another extraordinary student's dreams come true.
By Michael Benedict
Gordon Gibson '83 was revisiting the College one day last
year when a chance encounter led to an opportunity for
him to open UCC's doors to boys who could not afford
entry. During a school tour, the former star football player ran
into Dave Shaw, the College's current gridiron coach. Shaw,
who also teaches math and helps out as a senior admission
counselor, acknowledges he effectively "hijacked" Gibson's
campus visit being conducted by another faculty member.
"We talked about football and then I took him to the new
fitness centre," Shaw recalls. "I told him of our aspirations
to hire a full-time strength and conditioning coach. Gord was
immediately enthusiastic. But that was only the beginning."
Within months, Gibson made a $700,000 gift, most of which
is to provide a needs-based scholarship in perpetuity that
carries his and his father's name. "It's a real privilege," Gibson
says, "to be part of the school's commitment to attract the best-
students, regardless of means. I'm really excited to be able to
provide an extraordinary break to extraordinary kids."
Gibson played varsity football for four years, from Grades
10 to 13, when almost all his teammates were in their last
two years of school. "He was one of the best players I ever
coached," says Dave Hadden '71, now senior adviser to Prin-
cipal Jim Power. "He was also a leader, someone who led by
example and through enthusiasm."
Nearly two decades later, Gibson
now wants others to learn the lessons he
picked up on the College's athletic fields.
"Playing football or any team sport," he
says, "teaches you interdependence,
which is pretty important in life, especially
in business. It also teaches you about
collective motivation, how to deal with
difficulties and unfairness, and how to
control your emotions."
Because he valued his UCC athletic experience so much,
Gibson wants his scholarship to go to a deserving student
who also excels at football. "I want the boy to be a student
athlete," he explains. "I was a good athlete and I'm looking for
someone to be a better student than I was."
Gibson considers himself very lucky, especially to have
had supportive parents, and to have attended UCC. "My dad
would have loved the idea of this scholarship," he says.
His father, Dan Gibson '40, played football just one year,
a season cut short by a broken ankle, but became a big sup-
porter of the team when his son played. Dan Gibson was a
trailblazing nature filmmaker who at age 59 founded
Gord Gibson '83 was one of the best players
coach Dave Hadden 71 ever had.
Solitudes, a music label featuring nature sounds from birds
Gordon Gibson joined his father's firm after graduating
with a BA from the University of Western Ontario, where he
also played football. But the company hit a rocky patch, and
Gordon reached out to his lifelong friend and UCC buddy
Andy Burgess '83. As partners — Burgess became president
and CEO, Gibson chief creative officer — the two young men
soon turned the firm around. Says Burgess '83, now vice-chair
of the College's board of directors: "We transformed a small
family business to a $100 million public operation."
Of his friend's recent donation, Burgess
says: "Gord has a real sense of fairness
and socioeconomic realities. He believes in
UCC and how it can help people reach their
potential, whether in sports, arts or other
fields. He feels privileged to have had a UCC
education and wants to help others have
that experience. Gord made an extraordi-
nary contribution while he was at school and
is now making an extraordinary contribution
For his part, Gibson says making a difference for others is
"There are so many worthy causes and worthy people who
don't have the best luck or circumstances," he adds. "It's a
genuine pleasure to have made this gift. Giving is one of the
most important things in life. I only wish I had more to give."
Gibson's son Liana now is in Grade 1 at UCC, and Gibson
expects his newborn boy will also follow in the family school
tradition. "I'm ecstatic that my son is at this great institution,"
he says, "and that I will help some deserving boy also to have
that opportunity." ■
32 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
Joseph Torzsok married Kirsten
Saganowski, March 27 at the Argonaut
Rowing Club in Toronto.
(l-r) Gathered in San Diego, Calif, for the
wedding of Ruth Rankin to Kris White '00, July
9, were Mike White '90 (brother of groom),
Axel Kindbom '86 (bride's brother-in-law), the
groom and James Lill '00 (best man).
(l-r) Class of 2002 members Vincent Siu,
Christopher Wai, Kevin Leung, Bryan Ng,
(bride) Lisa Chin, (groom) Oliver Chow,
Carl Cheung, Vincent Leung and Alan Chan
celebrate in Long Island, N.Y., May 1.
Jason Webster '81 gets a round of
applause at his wedding to Amanda
Bodden at Pedro St. James Castle in the
Cayman Islands, May 15.
Chan '01 — on June 12, 2010,
in Toronto, Justin Chan to
Chow '02 — on May 1, 2010, in
Long Island, N.Y., Oliver Chow
to Lisa Chin.
Dameron '75 — on Oct 24,
2009, in Toronto, Bob Dameron
to Shannon Hayles.
Dhirani '98 — on July 31,
2009, in Ecuador, Ray Dhirani
to Trini Arcos-Godesteanu.
Glionna '00 — on March 6,
2010, in Montreal, Joe Glionna
to Maude Michel.
Gransden '98 — on October
16, 2009, in Toronto, Al Grans-
den to Vivianne Garneau.
Laidlaw '03 — on October 11,
2009, Mark Laidlaw to Connie
Magnant '95 — on May 8,
2010, in Ann Arbour, Mich.,
Francois Magnant to Jennifer
Thomason. (See photo, p. 46.)
Medland '95 — on August
22, 2009, in Toronto, Andrew
Medland to Jeanne Adeland
Narayan '86 — on May 29,
2010, in Torino, B.C., Michael
Narayan to Heidi Petrie.
Picher '92 — on September
6, 2009, inCantley, Que.,
Jean-Michael Picher to Valerie
Sharpless 'OO — on September
25, 2009, in Vancouver, B.C.,
Brent Sharpless to Anna Murray
Shaw '99 - on April 25, 2009,
in Vero Beach, Fla., Kip Shaw
to Elizabeth Mitchell.
Siegelberg 'OO — on June 12,
2010, in Algonquin Park, Ont,
Torsten Siegelberg to Megan
Smith '99 — on June 12, 2010
in Valletta, Malta, Jamie Smith
to Martine Mangion.
Torzsok '93 — on March 27,
2010, in Toronto, Joseph Torz-
sok to Kirsten Saganowsld.
Webster '01 — on May 15, 2010,
in the Cayman Islands, Jason
Webster to Amanda Bodden.
White 'OO — on July 9, 2010, in
San Diego, Calif., Kris White to
Abell '81 — a son, Benjamin
Martin, on June 9, 2010, to
Martin and Kim Abell.
Abreu '93 — a son, Luke
Rafael, on February 23, 2010,
to Derek and Cathy Abreu.
Atkins '98 - a son, Chase Jag-
ger, on April 13, 2010, to Lucas
and Hayley Atkins.
Beatch '92 — a son, Bo, on
June 2, 2010, to Lance and Lyn
Burns '92 — a son, Joshua, on
January 12, 2010, to Jonathan
and Christy Burns.
Finkelstein '96 — a daughter,
Lily Olivia, on January 10,
2010, to Andrew and Trish
Flynn '96 — a girl, Elizabeth
Grace, on May 5, 2010, to Matt
and Raili Flynn and wife Raili
Martin '92 — a daughter,
Melissa Amara, on June 7,
2010, to Craig and Laura
Medland '97 — a daughter,
Claire Elizabeth, on April
7, 2009, to John and Jenny
Mesbur '92 — a son, Sota
Joshua, on February 22, 2010,
to James Mesbur and Emi
Park '87 — a daughter, Olivia,
on March 3, 2010 to Craig Park
and Valerie Gagnon.
Parkinson '89 — a daughter,
Olivia, on November 23, 2009,
to Jim Parkinson and Charla
Pottow '89 — a son, John
William to John Pottow and
Reshma Jagsi-Pottow on Feb.
Ross '92 — a son, Alexander
Donald, to Cam and Sandra
Ross, May 23.
Ross '96 — a girl, Ryley,
on December 4, 2009, to
Chris Ross and Carolyn
Sonshine '97 — a son, on July
10, 2009, to Jon and Alison
Young '92 — a son, Osborn
Macbeth, on February 18,
2010, to D'Arcy Young and
Cheesbrough '71 — at
Toronto, on June 23, 2010,
Gordon Cheesbrough. (See
article, p. 22.)
Davidson '45 — on July 8,
2010, Derek Davidson.
Grant '73 — at Kanata, Ont.,
on March 18, 2010, Ian Grant.
Lang '40 - in February 201 0,
Lavelle '48 - at Abilene, Texas,
May 2, 2010, Eric Lavelle.
Malcolm '48 — at Oshawa,
Ont., on May 26, 2010, Donald
Northwood '39 — in October
2009, Edward Northwood.
Osbourne '47 — on June 3,
2010, John Osbourne.
Pady '52 — on August 9, 2010,
Walter James Pady.
Wallace '50 — in June 2009,
Clarke Wallace. ■
Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 33
Next year is Paul Winnell's last at the College. (Just
don't use the word "retirement" around him!) The
Class of '67 Old Boy and 23-year veteran UCC
employee will be out at each and every branch
event for the 2010-11 year. (See page 56 for
complete listings.) On the dawn of his "farewell
tour" we asked him to recap some of the highlights
of his favourite place.
What is the biggest change you've seen in the
23 years you've worked here?
I get asked that question a lot. But I don't think much of what
makes UCC special has changed at all. The academic program
evolves, the facilities improve — but the boys are still the
same. Mischievous, hard working, with a great zest for life.
Why are you retiring and how do you plan
to spend your time?
Geeez, I am not retiring. I'm just going to party somewhere
else! I have moved into a great condo in downtown Toronto
and I am in the process of buying a place in Rio de Janeiro.
I hope to spend about five months a year in RJ, a month or
so each year travelling with friends, and the balance here in
Toronto. With both the World Cup (soccer) and the Olympics
coming to RJ in the next few years it's going to be a blast.
I love Brazil!
How many Old Boy Facebook friends do you have?
Around 1 ,600 I think. Facebook is obviously a great way to
keep in touch with Old Boys and follow their activities, some-
times too closely! I have to be pretty careful about what I put
I understand you receive a lot of invitations to Old Boy
weddings. Tell us about a few of the most notable ones?
They are all special. But I will mention four out-of-town ones.
Hampton Long's ('95) Manhattan wedding was a blast. Unbe-
lievable. Stefan Garcia's ('95) wedding at an estate outside
Barcelona was incredible. A beautiful setting. Greg Michener's
in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and not just because I love Brazil!
It was very special. And Gerasimos Efthiamiatos' ('93) in
Las Vegas.... with the actual ceremony at three in the morning
at the Elvis Presley Wedding Chapel near the Vegas strip!
I understand you've attended a lot of UCC events in 23 years
— from theatre to sport and music. Tell us about a few stand-
Whoa. This answer will get me into trouble. The top "events"
are all Varsity hockey games. In 1995 we won the St. Andrew's
College tournament beating Shattuck-St. Mary's (a power-
house U.S. team) in overtime on Charlie Clark's ('95) goal.
And two games in 2004; the gold medal game at the
Lawrenceville Academy tournament (the best Prep school
tournament around), defeating Taft 3-1 in an amazing game.
Taft was incredible, going for their fifth straight tournament
championship and we stoned them. Roly Watt '62 was there
and he's the most reserved person I know, and even he was
excited, pacing, hollering.
And finally that same year, the gold medal game at the
Tabor School tournament against the New England Junior A
Coyotes. Our boys played 60 minutes at the highest intensity
possible. Not a single shift wasn't at an incredible pace. Zach
Saunders '05 was in goal, nursing a bad knee. He stopped
about 50 shots and we won 3-1. Unbelievable. The 2003-04
team was without a doubt the best team I have ever seen at
UCC, and I suspect it was the best team the College has had
in many years.
Who will you miss most at UCC?
I will miss lots of people. Old friends like former teachers
Terence Bredin, John Symons, Dick Sadleir, Vern Mould and
Colin Harvey. And several current longtime faculty mem-
bers, Andrew Turner and Brent Mackay in particular. And of
course I will miss everyone in Advancement, especially Innes
van Nostrand who is the smartest guy I have ever met. Huge
brain! And I will miss Roly Watt '62, Doug Blakey and current
Principal Jim Power. I will miss Jim's humour and his Monday
morning words to the boys in Assembly, always thoughtful
Who's the most memorable Old Boy you've met?
Joe Cressy '31. The finest gentleman I have ever known. He
founded the Old Boy golf tournament and attended every
one, into his late 80s. I will never forget his thoughtfulness
and sincerity. I miss him.
Any advice for your successor, Jody Jacobson?
Make every Old Boy happy about maintaining their connec-
tion to the College, one at a time. ■
34 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
Class Notes are compiled by the College and Class
Presidents. Some published material is the result
of information directly received by the College.
Please note that material submitted by Class
Presidents may be edited. Next issue's deadline is
December 15, 2010.
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"Lew Gunn '37 hustles to flatten his J22 with Spinna
his son Elliott 76. "At 92, Lew is still very active and
ker up on Nantucket Sound," writes
never takes a day for granted."
Vic Spencer is in great shape, living in Vancouver. As every-
one in the class knows, Vic is a very special Canadian with an
incredible history. His adventures and career have encom-
passed professional football (Hamilton Tiger Cats) , hockey,
retailing, the founding of the B.C. Lions, and other adventures
too numerous to mention.
Joan MacNab (wife of Michael Levenston 70), Vic Spencer '43 and Tony Molyneux
'80 catch up at the Vancouver Branch Reception, April 30.
47 Bob Johnston, Class President
Peter Patton celebrated his 80th birthday recently and is
still happily married, plays tennis almost every morning and
enjoys watching hockey, reading and get-togethers of his
military associations, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and
the Canadian Intelligence & Security Association.
The Murphy family, resplendent in their vintage school blazers, attended the Los
Angeles Branch Reception, April 18. (l-r) Christopher '83 with wife Vanessa, and
Don '51 with wife Ann.
50 Ron De Mara, Class President
Ron De Mara is recovering after a successful operation and
expects to be back in full swing soon. Out of the blue (and
diligently performing his role as class president) he tele-
phoned Ted Warren in Colorado, whom he had not spoken
with since being at UCC! They had a great chat reminiscing
about UCC days and the great gang they were — and in some
cases still are — friends with. The Class was honoured at
UCC's Seniors' Dinner last spring, celebrating 60 years since
graduation). It was a good turnout with 1 1 members of the
class attending the dinner. They were Bob Borden, Fred
Hamilton, Bill Hinder, Charlie Lennox, Peter Lewis,
Robin Logie, Jim McKinney, John Richardson, Doug
Schatz, Bob Stupart and Dick Wilemsen Hopefully we
will see others at Founder's Dinner, February 16.
51 David Walker, Class President
Bill and Julie Deeks have been married 51 years. They have
1 1 grandchildren — about to be 12! Bill is a former longtime
College volunteer, president of the Old Boys' Association and
then chair of the College's Finance Committee for 18 years,
retiring in 1988. David Walker climbed Cascade Mountain in
Alberta in July, followed by six days of trail riding. He recently
travelled to Marrakesh followed by a Mediterranean cruise.
52 Bruce Thomas, Class President
Bruce Thomas still practises law, trial and appellate litigation in
Toronto. John Graham is the chair, emeritus, of the Canadian
Foundation for the Americas, a member of the Friends of the
Inter- American Democratic Charter and ex-Canadian ambas-
sador to various places. He lives in Ottawa. Steve McDonough
has resided on Kilbarry Road for the last 46 years! He has two
married children and four grandchildren. He retired from Time
magazine after 25 years and started his own business, selling
alarm systems to hospitals and nursing homes. Joe Aziz, son
of Salim '22, and father of Joe '82, operates Dophes, a textile
010 Old Times 35
company that is one of Canada's oldest, founded by grandfather
Joe in 1895. He has eight grandchildren. Boa Burns is retired
but active in the Church of the Ascension in Don Mills. David
Secord is retired in Edmonton. He has three daughters and
five grandchildren. David has been active in the Rotary Club
for 42 years and enjoys spending time at the Muskoka cottage.
Frances Dunne practises family medicine in Barrie and has
been married to Donna for 51 years. They have two children and
55 Ed Bracht, Class President
The Class of 1955 is alive and well. Michael Taylor is active
in Advantage Sports in Waterloo, Ont., providing squash
courts and sports floors. Dick Todgham, Bob Mackle
and Peter Caylor and respective spouses had their annual
fall gathering at Lake of Bays and dinner at Bartlett Lodge
in Algonquin Park. They are all thriving in retirement. Dick
hopes to move to Huntsville, Ont. in 2012. Ross and Karen
Mason enjoy retirement, travel extensively in France and
plan to travel through central Europe this year once he
passes his blood test. Their visit last year to Vimy Ridge was
a moving experience. George Leggett retired from den-
tistry some years ago and is conducting a thorough family
genealogy. This has taken him on a tour of cemeteries from
Ontario to B.C., locating the history of his ancestors. He has
also become a caretaker of an old church cemetery. Well
done George; just stay on the upper side of ground! John
Ridpath, our past class president, retired as a professor
from a turbulent York University, spends summers at his cot-
tage in Algonquin Park, winters in Westwood Village in the
UCLA area of Los Angeles and travelled in France visiting the
Normandy invasion beaches. He is still active in the Ayn Rand
Institute in Irvine, CA, and writing a paper on intellectual
history, "Ayn Rand vs. Friedrich Nietzsche." Ernst Kaars
Sijpesteijn, who now permits me to call him Joe, lives near
the North Sea coast, north of Amsterdam, is very active in
alpine skiing and hiking, and is a regular at the opera and
concerts. He collects contemporary art, particularly by young
artists. He attended Trinity College at UofT where he met and
married Constance Harvey from Thunder Bay and as a result
makes his annual trek there, and meets up with Ben Wright
who, reportedly, is having serious health problems. Ernst
became a neuropsychologist in Holland hospitals until retiring
in 1997. Nicholas Ross is a merchant banker and chairman
and CEO of Rover Capital Corporation. He remains active in
golf, tennis and fishing. Craig Kamcke and wife Mary moved
to Ottawa to be close to his daughter and grandchildren.
He has been busy publishing a book, To Stand and Fight,
poems about Canada at war. He is in close touch with Palmer
Swanson who, after spending 30 years at the Polaroid Cor-
poration moved to M.I.T heading the Cambridge Partnership
for Public Education. He and Margo have the travel bug, sold
their getaway home in Cape Cod and travelled to Provence,
and as members of a home exchange, have stayed in the U.K.,
Chile, Sonoma, Malibu and Manhattan. In a recent roast for
his 70th birthday, they co-opted Principal Jim Power to do
a take on Palmer's UCC career, leaving little doubt Palmer
should have been expelled from UCC. Geoff Boone keeps in
touch with Palmer and recently reunited at Empress Island of
Pointe au Baril, 62 years after Palmer had been a guest of the
Boones. I met Michael Wilson at a UCC governance meet-
ing. He looks terrific in spite of the arduous but enjoyable task
as [former] Canadian ambassador to Washington. He is now
poised to become board chairman of Barclays Capital. Hard
to keep a good man down. Tom Godwin writes that he and
Andy Hutchison retired, but a former head "honcho" for the
Anglican Church of Canada attended the UCC reunion in Van-
couver. Tom has become a fundraiser for the Royal Columbian
Hospital. Bob Richards practises medicine in Toronto and
Hugh Walker practices in Kingston. Bill Turville practises
law in Newmarket, Ont. John Carew retired in Bobcaygeon,
Ont. Ed Bracht continues to volunteer in various organiza-
tions primarily in cricket and squash administration. John
Elder helped Ed improve his vision and refocus on serious
squash doubles competitions. He won many championships
and represented Canada in the CA-AM and Lapham-Grant
matches vs. the U.S. He also regained his No. 1 ranking
in North America for his age category. He is on the UCC
Boarding Organizing Committee. John White retired from
corporate law in Toronto and moved to Huntsville, Ont. He
cottages at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park where he meets up
with Sandy Lewis, Alan Powell, Ian McLeod and John
61 Peter Comber, Class President
Can you believe it? Next year marks 50 years since gradua-
tion from the College. (See p. 28 for details.) Mark down the
dates and plan to attend! Your reunion planning committee is
Peter Comber, Skip Wilson, Ted Nixon, Ken Andras,
and Brian Conacher. Ted Nixon retired from his actuarial
practice and pursues his stamp collecting interests at the
V.G. Green Philatelic Research Foundation in Toronto. Brian
Conacher, now fully retired, enjoys his grandfather status
with a granddaughter and twin grandsons, children of his son,
Sean '89. Peter Comber continued his hobby of impres-
sionistic oil painting since his days at the College, and his
first showing will be at the Women's Art Institute, September
17-19 in Toronto. Sandy Mcintosh, a grandfather nine
times over, divides his time between Florida and Toronto,
mostly playing golf and fishing.
62 Doug Mills, Class President
Barry Hill is president of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improve-
ment Association and the founder of First Nations Agrigroup.
He was a founding director of a farmer-owned ethanol plant
near Aylmer, Ont. and grows grain on 200 acres. He still man-
ages to find time to play the piano and is the organist at the
Mohawk Chapel in Brantford, Ont. Tom Paterson has com-
pleted a "hat trick" of careers including the military, tourism
and municipal government. He expects to stay in the Yukon
where he has children and grandchildren, with another set
in Germany. Arizona beckons in the winter. Mike Spector
continues to live in Phoenix and has recently written a book
based on life in Canada and UCC. He is looking for an agent/
publisher. George Biggar has slowed down activities at the
Law Society and plays more golf. He was awarded the Law
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Society Medal last fall. Terry Coughlin missed the Freedom
55 window and continues in the development business. He is
a new grandfather and baby Taya has all four great -grandpar-
ents still around to spoil her. Russ Woodman is in the wine
and spirits business. Representing wineries from 60 countries
keeps his geography knowledge current. Derek Coleman is
an ecologist and environmental planner, spending increased
time at his cabin near Killarney. He recently walked the
Camino de Santiago in Spain and received an Arbor Award
from UofT for his volunteer support of the Faculty of Forestry.
Tim Lash also consults in ecological and environmental mat-
ters in Ottawa and had a showing of his photography. Dave
Taylor sits on boards, plays golf and indulges his grandchil-
dren. John Hermant similarly continues to try and keep up
with his active family who live all over the continent. Mike
Robinette is still plumbing and doubtless reacquainting with
some of us. Bill Humphries continues to thrive in Toronto,
Niagara-on-the-Lake and Georgian Bay. Craig Watt made his
annual pilgrimage from Michigan to Founder's Dinner; he is
semi-retired and is a new grandpa. Doug Mills is semi-active
commercially and active on local organizations in the Creemore
area. Lastly, a review of our class photo reminds me of several
of our members who have graduated from this world cum laude.
The most recent was Barry Grant, a great organizer, friend
and College supporter; he is sadly missed by many.
63 John Parsons, Class President
Certain teachers had a special high regard for the Class of '63,
and classmates reconnecting years later comment on some
kind of bond that is difficult to explain. One characteristic of
the class is its commitment to community and public service.
Al Rennie and wife Marsha have been foster parenting for
21 years and most recently are treatment parent therapists,
namely working with kids with significant needs. Al taught for
32 years, was president of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children's
Aid Society and a recipient of the Governor General's Medal
for community service. Bill Stewart left Price Waterhouse
years ago to run Goodwill Services in London. He does vol-
unteer work with the Glencairn Community Resource Centre
and is on the capital campaign for the local YMCA. David
Sisam's architectural firm has always been committed to
public work, particularly chronic care facilities. David's firm
is a recipient of a June Callwood Award for meals provided
at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. They are also
architects for a new Ronald McDonald house, the largest in
the world, for out-of-town families with seriously ill children.
Over the next two summers, David will make two fundraising
walks on behalf of the building's art campaign, in P.E.I, and
England. David also won a UofT Arbor Award for volunteer-
ism. Another recipient of a June Callwood Award is the St.
Michael's Hospital Philippine Mission in which Bob Hyland
and his wife Cathie participated for the second time. They
provided medical services in remote communities where
remarkably high levels of tuberculosis, diabetes and high
blood pressure were prevalent. After 15 years, Bob stepped
down as chief of medicine at the Wellesley and St. Michael's
Hospitals but continues his respirology practice and lifelong
commitment to teaching. Bob is the new chair of SMH's
Research Ethics Committee. Two awards have been named
after him for "Teacher of the Year" at SMH and "Excellence
in Mentorship" at UofT's department of medicine. John
Mills also has a history of volunteer work. Bob Stapells
has served on the boards of Tall Ships Nova Scotia, Neptune
Theatre, the John Howard Society and the Halifax Founda-
tion. Bob is active in fundraising for the largest men's shelter
east of Montreal, a local children's hospital, the Cystic Fibro-
sis Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. George
Pepall is president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada,
the national stamp collectors' organization, and should be
contacted by any Old Boys who share his interest. George
recalls Mr. Collie, sponsor of the UCC Club in our time,
reminding them always to, "Make a fair trade, boys." Walter
Tedman has resumed his political organizer role for a coun-
cillor in Kingston, Ont. and supports animal welfare organiza-
tions. Peter Turner is assistant dean (administrative) for the
College of Architecture, Cornell. Wally Seccombe visited and
gave a lecture on "local food economy." Wally is involved with
organic and sustainable farming, specifically through the non-
profit, Everdale Farm. Joost Bakker's architectural firm had
involvement with many Olympic venues in B.C. and, along
with partner Norm Hotson '64, merged the firm in January
with another. They now have studios in Vancouver, Toronto,
Edmonton and Calgary. Joost has made "eye-opening pilgrim-
ages" in India and Japan, following his wife Marlee's new
world of Buddhist chaplaincy. Al Gooderham and Tony
Chisholm are into semi-retirement. Tony is involved in
planning Niagara-on-the-Lake's many events celebrating the
bicentennial of the War of 1812. Tony did another cycling
trip to Majorca with John Glassco, "one guy who has not
slowed down," says Tony. Norm Bracht wants to sponsor
bike tours and contact bike clubs in North America as he has
moved back to his hometown of Pasto in south Columbia, a
mountainous and beautiful area. For a brief period Norm was
president of a first division soccer team. Rob Woodroofe
finds the infomercial business tough due to changing TV
viewing habits. Rob travels a lot, this year to the U.K., skis
out west and retreats to his cottage on Georgian Bay. Mike
Porter retired and home is supposed to be Collingwood, Ont.
but he moves from there to Palm Beach and his cottage in
Georgian Bay, depending on the season. Tom Leverty finally
retired and is an instructor in Iyengar yoga and has travelled
to India. His wife Heidi has two pieces of photo art on exhibi-
tion in the Canadian pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair.
Finally Don Carveth continues teaching at York University,
practises psychoanalysis and helps run the Toronto Institute
65 Bob Medland and Tom Spragge,
Alan Ely, George Dickson, David Keeley, Jim
McAlpine, Bob Medland, John Moore, Peter Salloum,
and Tom Spragge are pulling together our 45th Reunion,
September 24 at the Badminton and Racquet Club, and Sep-
tember 25 at the College. For more information contact Bob
Medland at email@example.com. John Clappison and
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Lynn welcomed grandson Sam on June 1 , 2009 in Toronto, a
son for Sarah and Peter Claydon. On May 23, 2009, John and
Lynn's daughter, Susie, was married in Toronto to Neil Blair
of Edinburgh, Scotland. After an exemplary career in senior
positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, John took early
retirement to concentrate on his future role as a corporate
director. He is a director of Sim Life Financial, Cameco Cor-
poration, Rogers Communications and Canadian Real Estate
Investment Trust, and is the chairman of several of their audit
committees. He still has enough time to hone his golf game!
Bob Medland and Sally welcomed granddaughter, Claire
Elizabeth, on April 7, 2009 in Toronto, a daughter for John
'97 and Jenny. On August 22, 2009, Andrew '95 and Jeanne
Adeland of Montreal were married in Toronto. Andrew and
Jeanne live in Dubai. Bob continues as CFO at CNSX Markets
Inc., a new Canadian stock exchange in Toronto. Doug
Musgrave has been married to Mary (Ruse) for 37 years this
summer. Daughter Katie works at DDB Canada in Toronto.
Son Charlie '00 has master's in real estate development from
Columbia in New York and works at CBRE. Doug is a travel
consultant in Toronto and has arranged and escorted tours
with Mary to Italy for the last 15 years. Peter Salloum is
with Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group (Institutional
Sales) with no end in sight. His daughter lives in Calgary. (I've
warned her about Schneider.) His son in Toronto is a lawyer
whose hourly rate he cannot afford and lovely wife Lynda
is taking painting to a new level. He is still playing doubles
squash and cricket, which Mr. Bredin would endorse. He vol-
unteers with the Fred Victor Centre helping homeless people
integrate back into the community. Peter Westaway is vice-
chairman and CFO of Legacy Private Trust, Toronto. With
wife Brigitte, he restored the Old Cut Lighthouse at Long
Point on Lake Erie. They live at the lighthouse and at homes
in Toronto and New Zealand. Tom Wilson left the firm he
started in Barrie 35 years ago, and has set up a new law prac-
tice in downtown Barrie with daughter Alexa, who had a baby
girl, Brooke Mary-Lin, January 27. As a result, Tom's partner
has yet to show up for work at the new firm.
66 Doug Plummer, Class President
Bill Szego has a successful portfolio management practice
with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Daughter Terri recently joined
the investment group. He and wife Gail have three grand-
sons. Bob Davies is semi-retired. He and wife Carole have
switched from Freedom 55 to Freedom 95. He teaches
part-time at Seneca College and coordinates the Fraud
Examination and Forensic Accounting Program, leading to
the Certified Insurance Professional designation. He is in the
middle of a major fraud investigation. He continues to search
for new challenges and thanks the Almighty for folks like Lord
Black, as it puts food on the table. They have four grandchil-
dren. Doug Plummer's financial planning practice has grown
considerably since the strenuous '09 year. He and wife Sandy
have three sons. He plays tennis as much as possible.
67 David Caspari, Class President
Leighton Reid is senior counsel at CIBC Legal Depart-
ment, married for 36 years to Nancy (Graham). They have
one daughter, Patricia. Leighton plays a lot of golf and has
recently taken up curling. John Mcintosh and Rosemary
live in Toronto but spend much of the summer in Creemore,
Ont. and winters in Florida. They have two grandchildren.
Tim Heintzman moved to Montreal and has some new
projects with Jamie Bateman. Ron Layton rims Chats-
worth Property Management and enjoys travelling with wife
Joanne, especially to Switzerland where two grandchildren
live. Their son is in the Canadian military and returned safely
from Afghanistan in the spring. Drew Smith is a headhunter
in education and health services in Toronto. He is renovating
a Victorian house. Chris Turnbull consults for a local VOIP
company. His daughter is a physician in Montreal and his
son is a software developer in Ottawa. Dave Stovel sold his
brokerage business and is now division director for Macquarie
Private Wealth in Toronto, working with son Craig and daugh-
ter Suzanne. Pat Crean still edits and publishes books. Ian
Urquhart is editorial page editor at the Toronto Star. John
Pepall's latest book, Against Reform, is due out in October.
Jon Matthews spends his summers sailing and his winters
in Florida. John Gullick still works for the Canadian Power
& Sail Squadron, now part-time. He also writes about boat-
ing safety issues. Jim Deeks is in the advertising business.
His two sons, Charlie '00 is in Toronto with Oxford Proper-
ties, while Colin '02 lives in London, U.K. working for Price
Waterhouse. Rick Allen is still in Hong Kong, semi-retired,
spending time at his vacation home in Koh Samui, Thailand.
He is almost fluent in Mandarin. Rex Hagon shares his pas-
sion and coaching experience in the spoken word, working
with some of Canada's top executives. He is also a grandfa-
ther! David Caspari continues to work as a physician at the
Medcan Clinic in Toronto. He and Jane do a lot of unique trav-
elling. Paul Winnell is in his 23rd year at the College, now
part-time with full retirement looming. (See article p. 34.)
Brian Rogers continues to practise media law and to teach
it to journalism students at Ryerson. He was involved as coun-
sel in recent Supreme Court of Canada cases that reshaped
libel law and protection for journalists' sources and is now on
a panel for the Attorney General to look at legislation to deal
with SLAPP suits (Strategic Litigation Against Public Partici-
pation). His wife, Jessica Hill, is CEO of Canadian Partnership
Against Cancer, and his kids are still in university — Emma at
Lund University in Sweden (M.Sc. in environmental manage-
ment and policy) and Ben at Concordia University (Hons.
B.A., Liberal Arts College). He can't afford to retire but loves
spending time at his place in Grey County.
'69 Bill Shirriff, Class President
On behalf of us all, thanks to Andy Pringle for hosting the
Friday night dinner at our 40th reunion. It was a wonderfully
relaxed night and, with the weather cooperating, we were able
to spend most of it outside. It was great to see all the regular
troupers again and to hear some really funny stories, some
of which I had heard for the first time. My thanks to Gavin
Arton, Andy Hunter and John Simpson for making a
special trip. It was a great night and as Gil Labine writes,
"We need another '69 reunion." Jock Howard is a technical
consultant at Syncrude in Edmonton. His daughter got married
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in June and his son graduated from university in August. Andy
Hunter is a 50-year cricketer, which all began at the Prep in
1960. He has played for UCC, ISAA All Stars, the Canadian
Colt Tour in the U.K., B.C. Games and has won five knockout
champions and five league titles, among many other achieve-
ments. Great stretch Andy. (If Harold Smith had known this,
he would have left you the tuck shop in his will.)
70 George McNeillie, Class President
Stu Lang 70 is the new head football coach tor the University of Guelph's football
team, the Gryphons. He previously spent two seasons as UCC's receivers coach and
continues as chair of the Athletic Task Force and a member of the Principal's Advisory
Committee and Finance Committee.
72 Hugh Innes, Class President
Bob Hutchinson is alive, well and retired in North Bay.
He says he is doing "nothing" and likes it, but we think he is
doing more than he lets on. Brian Peterkin is near Midland,
Ont. and retires from a long and successful career with the
Regional Conservation Authority next year. Neville Taylor
has switched employers but remains in the aircraft leasing
and finance business. Peter Rekai is chair of the Drs. Paul &
John Rekai Centres in Toronto, a pair of long-term care facili-
ties, while also maintaining his practice of immigration law.
Richard Clayton was remarried in July and visited Canada
in August with his new bride.
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75 Rob Bell, Class President ^£Jr
Dave Stauble was a slave to corporate life for way too long,
to finally get son Michael through U.S. college, and wife Maria
through homeopathy college. Now Dave has escaped the evil
corporate empire and has embarked on the entrepreneur's
journey to find true fulfilment, though maybe not fame and
fortune. But little six-year-old princess Maddy is really cheer-
ing for the fortune part. Any Old Boys with dogs can help by
buying the world's greatest (and dearest) dog food when it
arrives in a special place near you. Robert Bell is indebted
to UCC staff (Angie Kelly and Esther Chang) and fellow 35th
Annual Reunion committee members (Bob Dameron, Gary
Davis, and Cary Solomon) who are doing all the hard
work to prepare for a terrific reunion weekend September
24 and 25. Munson McKinney's West Coast roots have
taken hold and are flourishing. He's enjoying coastal living
and a huge Olympic hangover. Son Malcolm graduated from
high school this year and will play his second year of Junior
A Hockey while at Capilano University part-time. Daughter
Hannah is going into Grade 9 and will travel to Australia for
an exchange program. He is building a house and busier than
two Tasmanian Devils doing the two-step. Kent Stewart
continues to spend half his life in Bermuda and half in P.E.I.
When the loonie heads down again (or one of his rich class-
mates offers him a Canadian dollar loan) he will build a home
in P.E.I. Now semi-retired from the IT business (still some
clients in Bermuda) , he gives back by serving on both the
telecommunications and energy commissions of the Bermuda
Government. He will attend our 35th and looks forward to
seeing you. Bob Dameron married Shannon Hayles on Oct
24, 2009. Jeff Smith travels globally on business while his
four kids and wife keep his family life very active. Jeff's three
sons have all graduated from UCC, Gareth '03, Bryan '06 and
Matthew '07, and daughter Caleigh from Havergal '08. Run-
ning and cycling keep Jeff fit and he is still able to run his age
in a 10K. Summers are spent on Lake Muskoka and winters
seem to be shifting to Naples, Fla. Andrew Stewart is chair
of the Fort York Foundation, working with Andy Pringle
'69, who is putting together a campaign cabinet, to raise $6
million towards a $40-million capital investment in Fort York
National Historic Site, Toronto's founding place. This revital-
ization includes a visitor interpretation centre to open for the
bicentennial of the War of 1812. Neither remembers learning
about any of this from Dr. Bassett but figure it's not too late
to earn some extracurricular credit to offset the risk of any
surprise questions on the final exam.
77 Kevin Clark and Jim Garner, Class Presidents
Jeffrey Kofman 77, an ABC News correspondent, spoke to Upper School students
at Assembly in April about his adventures. Here he is seen, on camera, covering the
Chilean earthquake in February. He was on the country's main highway, travelling to
the epicentre in Conception.
A group of classmates assembled for dinner at the venerable
steakhouse emporium, Senior's, for a casual dinner. Tim
Falconer is the author of three books (so far). He also teaches
magazine journalism at Ryerson University. Jim Garner, after
many years in healthcare/life sciences in the private sector,
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joined SickKids in 2008 as executive vice-president of corpo-
rate services. He is married with two daughters. Rob Little
practises law in Toronto at Hicks Morley. He has three children
in university. Andrew MacLean is vice-president of sales and
marketing for Reuven International. Andrew has been married
for 25 years, yikes, and has two children. Dave Paterson,
following several years heading up government, media and
investor relations for companies in the U.K. and Canada, is now
senior vice-president of public affairs for Manulife Financial
in Toronto. Brodie Townley is in Nassau and is managing
director of Scotiabank Caribbean Treasury Limited and deputy
treasurer of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is married
with a son and a daughter.
78 Alan Eaton, Class President
Geoff Dashwood practises real estate and estates law in
Toronto and has attended way too many 50th birthday parties
for members of the Class of 78. He has two boys aged 16 and
20 and has been happily married for 25 years. For a pastime
he follows his wife to remote locales in Africa while she pur-
sues her profession as a political scientist. Hugh DesBrisay
is back lawyering and litigating at Blake Cassels and Graydon
after 10 years as a partner in a boutique litigation firm. He
is surrounded by accomplished women, wife Catherine and
daughters Amy and Claire, and lives his life in constant awe of
them. John Embiricos is trying to save the world's rainfor-
ests by driving an integrated agro-forestry land management
plan. He has been active in Indonesia for five years (www.eco-
rescue.com) and is working with the California government's
policy-making core team including the Woods Hole Research
Centre of Massachusetts from whom President Obama hired
their head scientist to be his chief. He also co-launched a
hedge fund in Geneva. John and his wife live in a forest above
Verbier, and have a son, 18, studying aerospace engineer-
ing at Stanford and a daughter, 13, at the Rosey school in
Switzerland. David Fleck is president of Mapleridge Capital
Corporation, an alternative investment manager with an
international client base. He is also president of Dignitas
International, founded in 2005 by Dr. James Orbinski, the
former international president of Doctors Without Borders.
The organization works in Malawi, Africa for the prevention
and treatment of HIV/AIDS and related diseases. He is also
on the board of the Soulpepper Theatre company and is a
member of the development committee for the Art Gallery of
Ontario. Chris Lyne practises urology in Pittsburgh, Pa. with
wife Susan. He enjoys the Penguins and Steelers and keeps
busy with his three lacrosse and hockey playing boys ages 13
to 20. Doug Mcllroy is vice-president of Claymore Invest-
ments in Toronto and is married to Tanya. They have two
children, Lauren,?, and Ryan, 5. Bill Nesbit coaches parents
and teens within the context of "honoring conversations,
focused on co-creating a brilliant future together." John Pus-
kas is chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University
Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. He especially enjoys directing
the clinical research unit. He has been married for almost 24
years to Jane Chase Puskas who practises general dentistry.
The oldest of their three children, Alex, will attend Williams
College in the fall. Younger sisters, Jillian and Caroline "will
continue to have Daddy wrapped around their fingers for a
few more years." Donald Van de Mark lives in the Sonoma
Valley, Calif, and is "trying like hell" to finish a book about the
personality traits of admirable human beings and frequently
speaks on the subject. He spent over 20 years reporting politi-
cal and business news from New York City, Washington, D.C.
and San Francisco for CNBC, CNN and the Nightly Business
79 Tim Leishman, Class President
Bob Deeks is president of RDC Fine Homes in Whistler, B.C.
and president of the Whistler Home Builders Association.
81 Peter Dotsikas, Class President
(l-r) Hugh Ryder '81, John Fortin, David MacDougall '81, Irish Marek-Fortin and Bart Mac-
Dougall (former UCC governor and UCC Association president) are exhilarated at the end of
the Ride to Conquer Cancer for Princess Margaret Hospital, having raised $35,000 towards
the $16 million total. The ride ran from Toronto to the Niagara Falls, in June.
Mark Aitchison continues to live in Manaus, Brazil and
owns/operates Swallows and Amazons Tours, taking tour-
ists along the Amazon into the rainforest. (See article in the
winter/spring 2010 issue of Old Times.) David MacDougall
and his dad, and Hugh Ryder completed the Ontario Ride to
Conquer Cancer last spring.
82 Tad Gacich, Class President
Jon Welstead is in the family business at Amherst Crane.
His son Matthew completed his first year at Queen's in the
Commerce Program. Brett Smith is enjoying his cottage
on Lake Simcoe and leading the ultimate bachelor life. Dave
Hart moved to Kawartha Lakes and enjoys cottage life while
working from his home in the data list business. Dave and
his wife Alex have two girls, Morgan and Kennedy. Andy
McAlpine and wife Carolyn enjoy the nice winters in the
Caymans. However, they make an annual trek to Muskoka to
enjoy our great summers along with daughter Chloe. Steve
Aziz is in Cincinnati, Ohio and enjoying the stay-home life
looking after son George, 1. Steve is married to a lawyer and
politician, Leslie Ghiz. Dick Davidson still looks like he is
29, although I'm told he has the odd grey hair. Peter Ely
lives in L.A. with his wife Karen but still summers in Muskoka.
Telfer Hanson's business raises money for junior mining
companies. There are still no confirmed sightings of Eardley
Wilmot. Tom Heintzman is president at Bullfrog Power.
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Marty Sims has left HSBC and is enjoying his summer.
Andrew Diamond is the adjudicator for the Bankruptcy
Court and Human Rights Tribunal. His eldest son Josh just
graduated from UCC. Frank Pottow is with Greenhill Capi-
tal Partners in New York and vacations on Lake Rosseau. Bill
Deeks is in the construction business in Collingwood and
coaches skiing at Craigleigh. He has three boys, twins Hunter
and Alex, 14, and Jake, 11. Finally, Tad is enjoying a relatively
relaxed life in suburbia, playing golf and doing benefit and
insurance consulting for business owners in the GTA.
83 Andy Burgess, Class President
The Class of '83 table for this year's Founder's Dinner included
Gordon Gibson, John Waldie, James Kim and Andy
Burgess. Terrence Bredin Was supposed to join us and Dave
Hadden managed well as his substitute; they have a lot more in
common than I realized! For next year's dinner, please join our
table with your spouse or partner for an enjoyable and edifying
evening. Tony Parker recently had his first baby while
Gordon Gibson just had his fourth. A number of classmates
are now proud parents of UCC boys, including Dave
Kingsmill, Simon Alberga, Mike Sales and Gordon
Gibson. Joel Thompson has added more brands to his port-
folio of imported wines. Ian Bacque is now heading up gov-
ernment affairs for the Ontario Dealers Association. Charles
Bird is in Toronto running the Earnscliffe Strategy Group for
government affairs and strategic communications.
85 Paul Andersen, Class President
Nick de Pencier lives in Toronto with his wife Jennifer
and their two children, and creates and produces documen-
tary films. Kevin McLaughlin is founder and president of
AutoShare, Toronto's first car-sharing network. Ted Will-
cocks is vice-president with Manulife overseeing their real
estate investment portfolio. Dr. Fed Sanchez and his wife
Darlene returned to Toronto. Fed continues to enjoy pho-
tography, environmental activism and working with some of
Toronto's neediest individuals. David Shepherd and wife
Nada continue to partner on making waves in the fashion
world. The Nada 3-D All Action Interactive Fashion Show
caused a sensation prior to Toronto Fashion Week. David also
makes waves of another kind (J Class) . David van Wees
and his wife Mimi are in Ridgefield, Conn, and are busy every
weekend driving to every hockey tournament on the U.S.
eastern seaboard with sons Teo, Simon and Kees. Daughter
Truus is a four-year-old tennis dynamo. David is the co-
founder of Latis Imports and markets some of the best inde-
pendent Belgian beers, including Palm and Steenbruggen,
across North America. Simon Burke and wife Magrelys live
at York University. Simon is a civil servant and leads Ontario's
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Rob Scott continues
to prosecute criminal cases for Ontario's Crown Attorney in
Newmarket, Ont. Matt Bryden and his family now live in
Kenya, after several years in Somalia. He has worked with the
International Crisis Group and Medecins Sans Frontieres. He
is currently leading an effort to combat piracy off the Horn of
Africa. David Smith and his young family are in Manhattan.
Joseph Lee of Boston will attend both the Boarding Reunion
and the 25th Reunion. Ryerson Symons and wife Michele
have repatriated to Canadian soil after being in London, U.K.
for almost two decades. Their son Wilson and daughters
Leighton and Ava are now die-hard Leafs fans.
86 John Andersen and Neel Hira, Class Presidents
Vlvek Rao has been promoted to Professor of Surgery at the
University of Toronto where he holds the DeGasperis Chair
in Heart Failure Surgery and continues to lead the artificial
heart and transplant program. Robin Gambhir owns and
operates the Fair Trade Jewellery Company in Cabbagetown,
producing ethical bridal and engagement jewellery using fair
trade certified (or recycled) gold and platinum, and Canadian
diamonds. Bryce Conacher has joined Offsetters Clean
Technology as regional director in Toronto. Bryce and Trisch
have three kids. Hubert Lai is in Vancouver and Whistler
with wife Laura and their two kids. Hubert is the general
counsel to UBC. Michael Narayan married Heidi Petrie last
May. They had a fantastic beach wedding at the Wickaninn-
ish Inn at Tofino, B.C. While the days before and after were
wet and rainy, the sun came out for the wedding — clearly a
good omen! Other Old Boys in attendance included Hubert
Lai (best man), Bob Heddle, Peter Wong and Jonathan
Mousley. Bill Brown has been at BMO Nesbitt Burns for 14
years, and has been managing the Etobicoke branch for four
years. He has been helping Axel with his new cottage renos,
backbreaking work! Bill has taken up canoe tripping with his
son. Bill has three children: Lauren, 15, who enters Grade
10 at BSS; Andrew, 13, who starts Grade 9 at Crescent and
Kennedy, 5. He will celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary
with wife Sandy next year on a trip to France. Dominic
Rodrigues and wife Chantal have lived in Las Vegas since
2000. They have four children: Kashmira, 8, Sheridan, 6,
Rania, 4, and Haydn, 2. Dominic has been making venture
capital, private equity and public company investments dur-
ing this time. Lately, he has been managing the family office
and private investment firm, Rhisk Capital. Earlier this year,
he joined a Toronto-based hedge fimd called Visum Capital,
where he oversees quantitative- and algorithm-based trading
strategies and funds, and special investment projects. As a
result, he comes up to Toronto monthly and re-established
ties with Graham Jones at CIBC. Andy Houghton is
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dealership and rental company in Barrie, Ont. He is married
to Laura (Tweedy) Houghton and has two boys, Max, 7, and
Ashton, 5. They reside north of Toronto in a small town called
Mt. Albert. Timothy Young is in Toronto with his wife Emily
and daughter, Meredith, 4. He works at the Toronto Wildlife
Centre. A registered charity supported entirely by dona-
tions, TWC has grown into Canada's busiest wildlife centre.
Andrew dimming is engaged to Shannon Price. Seriously.
James Ramsay lives in Toronto with wife Vanessa. After 15
years in the healthcare and pharmaceutical marketing world
he switched careers and is now a commercial photographer
working in the areas of product, food, and corporate portrai-
ture (www.jamesramsay.ca). When he's not taking pictures he
can usually be found on his bike, training with the Mattamy
Homes/Racer Sportif cycling team and competing in Ontario
Cup road races. John Andersen continues to teach at The
Country Day School, where he is director of athletics and a
Grade 1 1 physical and health education teacher. He planned
to spend as much time this past summer with his three
boys, Dylan, 7, Jake, 5 and Matthew, 3, and wife (Candace)
camping and fishing in Massasauga and Algonquin Provincial
Parks. After nearly 10 years overseas in Nepal, India and
France, Ian Pringle returned to Canada to take up post as a
media program specialist for the Commonwealth of Learning,
an inter-governmental organization in Vancouver. He helps
groups use media to learn about community development.
He has finished a master's in communications, new media
and society from the University of Leicester and is president
of the Community Radio Fund of Canada. He lives in a great
neighbour in east Vancouver with his partner and has a son,
8, who lives in Montreal with his mother.
88 John Thompson, Class President
Erik Schatzker is an anchor and editor-at-large at Bloomberg
television in New York, where he hosts the morning show. He
lives in Brooklyn with wife Susan and their two daughters.
(l-r) Jim Smith '87, Cary Hurwitz '90 and Andrew Rankin '83 with their children
attended the Los Angeles Branch Reception last April.
89 Mark Hayman and Jim Parkinson,
Will Andrew is president and COO of Trimark sportswear
group and recently enjoyed participating in the Winter Olym-
pics as a product licensee. Blake Bell's fourth book, Fire and
Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Mar-
vel Comics, was released, to be followed by his fifth book,
Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives (Vol. 2), in
October. Blake spends the rest of his spare time keeping stats
for his 10-year-old son Luke's baseball team. Sean Conacher
and his wife, Caroline, have added a breezeway to their yurt on
Georgian Bay. Their daughter, Magnolia, is almost four and their
twins, Bobby and Davis are almost 2. PJ Darling and family
continue to enjoy life living in the Scottish countryside. Mark
Hayman and his wife Jennifer are in Toronto with their twin
girls Kathryn and Megan, 2. Andrew Long and wife Gina Moll-
icone-Long run the Greatness Group which reveals greatness
in people, teams and organizations. They have two children,
Molly, 8, and Simon, 7, and live in Toronto. Jim Parkinson's
wife, Charla, gave birth to their second daughter, Olivia, at the
end of 2009. Olivia is little sister to Sloane, 2. Andrew Pen is
on tour with the Backstreet Boys and is designing Linkin Park's
next, world tour. He still jumps out of airplanes, over and over
again and on purpose. His sons are 2 and 5. Gary Porter and
his family are happily settled in Houston. Alisa is a stay-home
mom. Jude, 5, was looking forward to "big boy school" (a.k.a.
kindergarten) and Nathaniel, 17 months, is busy emulating his
big brother. At work at Waste Management, with the title of
vice-president, operations strategy and analysis, his focus is
technology development of enterprise solutions. John Pottow
remains on the law faculty at the University of Michigan and is
pleased to announce the recent birth of his son, John William
Jagsi Pottow (Jack), born on Feb. 26, 2009. Dan Steiner
recently joined the partnership at Stikeman Elliott LLP in
Vancouver. His son Ben is 9 and daughter Bella is 6 years,
finishing Grade 1 and Grade 3, respectively, at West Point Grey
Academy in Vancouver. Lome Taylor recently moved with
his wife Natasha and three kids, Jasmine, 10, Zachary, 7, and
Kieran, 5, to Comox on Vancouver Island. He is now the proud
owner of a John Deere mower that he has never used, prefer-
ring to watch the grass grow instead. Alexander Younger is
running Toronto-based marketing firm Design Lab, and he and
Sarah Richardson have two great little girls, Robin and Fiona.
92 Adam Markwell and Jamie Deans, Class Presidents
(l-r) Bill Englebright '43 and wife Susan, with Hazel Kawaja, mother to four Old Boys
including Andrew '92, attended the branch reception in San Francisco at Michael and
Hazel Kawaja's home, April 16.
Lance Beatch and wife Lyn welcomed Bo Beatch June 2. He
is healthy and appears content. It will be interesting to see what
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big sister Brook thinks of her baby brother stealing her thunder.
Jonathan Burns and his wife Christy had a baby boy, Joshua,
born Jan 12, 2010. He joins brothers Nathan, 5, and Oliver, 3.
Jonathan runs strategycube.com, a web consulting business.
They live in Burlington, Ont. Andy Bush resides on Hilton Head
Island and recently founded Inspired Tech Solutions, offer-
ing effective and state-of-the-art. web design. Theo Caldwell
claims to be part of the Class of '91 and as such will not comment
in this forum. Matt Carr and wife Holly continue to work in
Washington, D.C. to promote energy efficiency and renewable
energy. Daughter, Mariel, 3, and son, Ezra, 1, recently celebrated
birthdays. Rob Cunjak is still at Bain Capital in Boston covering
the energy and utility sectors. Rob and wife Susan have three
kids: Liam, 4, Caitlin, 2, and Killian, 7 months, so things are
hectic. When they can, they get to Toronto and NYC to visit their
families. Despite residing in Boston, the Leafs winning a Stanley
Cup remains on Rob's wish list. Peter Danczkay is in Houston
while travelling the world, building airports. Jamie Deans and
wife Erin celebrated their son Hudson's first birthday in June
and are still trying to get the hang of this parenting thing. Jamie
wrapped up a five-year run with the Raptors media relations
department having taken on a new corporate communications
role at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Matt Fouse is in
Las Vegas. Mart's an orthopedic surgeon and has been practis-
ing for almost three years. He is married to a Quebecoise he
met in his residency at McGill and they have three great kids;
the most recent is a four-month-old girl. She's joining her five-
year-old sister and three-year old-brother. Cory Goldberg is a
cosmetic plastic surgeon in the west end of Toronto working out
of Trillium Health Centre. He recently returned from a volunteer
mission with Operation Smile doing cleft lip and palate surgery
on children in Egypt and hosted a large fundraising event for
Operation Smile on May 18. Cory and his wife Tara Nikain have
two boys Kayvaun and Nika, ages 5 and 3. Tom Hong has been
working with a client in Toronto, a welcome change as it has
given him plenty of family time with newest addition, Charlie,
who joins Sammy and Stella. Suresh John owes over $200
to the 407/ETR and recently completed principal photogra-
phy on The Last Jinn for SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel)
and Harvard Medical School for The CW Network. Andrew
Kawaja and family are living the dream in San Francisco. He's
married to a wife who is smarter than he; Dokleida has three
master's degrees, manages venture investments for a medical
device company and won sharp shooting contests in high school.
He works in his family adhesives business and spends free time
trying to help raise their two young children, Luke, 2, and Sofie,
1 . The local education system has intensified his appreciation
for UCC and Canada's education system. His biggest dream
these days is that his kids pass the interviewing process to get
into preschool. Sean Leighton is a manager at Cisco Systems
and lives in the Bloor-Spadina area. Talley Leger works for
Barclays Capital (legacy Lehman Brothers) as the vice-president
of U.S. portfolio strategy. Luckily, he has the same job, desk and
building. The only thing that changed was the logo on his busi-
ness card and the color of the carpeting (from Lehman green
to Barclays blue). Joseph Ma is back in Toronto. He is an eye
surgeon, having completed his surgical training at Harvard and
stayed for another two years as associate staff while complet-
ing a fellowship. Currently he is an assistant professor at the
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, trying to get some
work-life balance. Adam Markwell is still at CIBC Wood Gundy
but more importantly, he and his wife are expecting their third
child in November. Adam is also president of Blessings in a
Backpack, a charity that feeds school kids on weekends www.bless-
ingsinabackpack.ca. Craig Martin has been in Bermuda since
2005. He and his wife Laura welcomed their first child June 7,
Melissa Amara Martin, who dad proudly proclaims is "absolutely
perfect." James Mesbur and family welcomed their second
son, Sota Joshua Mesbur, on February 22. Aaron Pape and
wife Anastasia are bracing themselves as four-year old daughter
Daniela prepares for kindergarten. That's not the only change
for the defending Class of '92 golf champ; he was recently
appointed vice-president, senior investment adviser at BMO
Nesbitt Burns. Jean-Michel Picher married Valerie Poulin in
September 2009. Old Boys Andre Picher, Gregoire Picher,
Andrew Richards, Craig Martin, Marc Elmer, Marko
Syan, George Klein and Jon Kozman all made sure it was
a festive and memorable occasion. Dylan Powell was there in
spirit, patching in a class of students in Taiwan by phone to wish
the groom well on the big day. Barry Price is in Los Angeles,
writing web comedy for BrevityTV.com. Steve Reynolds is in
Vancouver with wife Jen, a doctor as well, and their two kids
Clare, 6, and Quinn, 4. Cam Ross moved into a new pad in
Moore Park with wife Sandra and their 2-year-old daughter just
before the arrival of their first son, Alexander Donald, May 23.
Mike Shore is head of marketing on Porto Montenegro, an
awesome new village and ultra-modern marina on the Adriatic
Sea, www.portomontenegro.com. Alex Stewart, wife Kimberly
and their two sons William and James are living it up in Halifax.
Alex recently moved over to Johnson Insurance where he is
the regional marketing manager. Mike Uyede is back working
in golf and is operations director, Asia, for the European Tour.
Mike is the event director of the World Cup of Golf and Hong
Kong Open, and also assists with the management of the Scot-
tish Open and Ryder Cup. Mike now has two children, Ella, 4.5
and Tyson, 2. Andrew Wilson was elected partner this year
at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, a boutique litigation
firm in New York. D'arcy Young and his wife welcomed their
third child into the fold, Osborn Macbeth, February 18. Jason
Kotler started a clean technology venture. NTMTech Inc.
specializing in non-invasive measurement technologies, and won
the 2010 Gowlings Innovation Award for Outstanding Product
Achievement. NTMTech was also a finalist for the TSX Emerging
Technology Prize presented by the CATA Alliance at their 25th
annual Innovation & Leadership Awards Ceremony. Jason and
wife Allison live in Toronto with their three children.
93 Derek Knopp and Hassan Khan,
Joe Torzsok was married to Kirsten Saganowski in March.
Joe hosted the third annual UCC Zoo Day at the Toronto Zoo
this spring and participated in his third Lake Ontario 300
yacht race in July. Joe and Kristen recently moved into their
new home in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood. John Bar-
tucz and his wife Michelle and their daughter Annika will be
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returning to Rochester, Minn., after a stint in Baltimore, MD.
John will be launching an Internet and technology consul-
tancy for non-profit organizations in 2010. John and Michelle
welcome connecting with Old Boys living in Minnesota or the
upper Midwest. Gary Berman was married to Sonja Knezic
in May in Barbados. Gary was named president of Tricon
Capital Group and spearheaded the company's initial public
share offering this spring. Gary and Sonja are enjoying life
as newlyweds in Toronto. Derek A'breu and his wife Cathy
welcomed the birth of their son, Luke, in February. Derek was
made partner at his firm Bell, Temple. Derek looks forward to
catching up with old friends and classmates. Geoff Paisley
and his wife Lara welcomed their second daughter, Alixe, in
May. Alixe joins sister, Chloe, and brother, Malcolm; both are
very happy with their new baby sister's arrival. Geoff teaches
Grades 1 and 2 at Lady Evelyn Alternative School in Ottawa.
Max Krangle has moved back to Toronto with his family
after being in the U.K. for the last 17 years. He is managing
director and general counsel for ABS Energy. Gerasimos
Efthiamiatos was married in Las Vegas last April. He lives
in London. Dan Borins had his art displayed at the Arbright
Know Gallery and at a show in Switzerland. Hassan Khan
served with the Canadian military for over a decade and is
now living in Toronto working with McKinsey & Company.
94 Olivier Fuller and
James Patterson, Class Presidents
James Patterson got married in Italy last summer. He lives
in the Annex area of Toronto with his wife and was expecting
his first child. Jay Bryant and wife Jen were also expecting
their first child as were Chris Eby and wife Ariel. Congrats
all! Chris also left his position in front of the cameras at CTV to
take a job at a corporate communications consulting company.
Scott Sandler and wife Sasha were expecting their second
child. Matt Green planned to get married to his longtime
girlfriend Taylor. Dave Hammer is in the scrap metal business
and is looking for investors. If you're interested, contact him
through http://scrapsolutions.ca/ or join his 700-plus friends on
Facebook. Ned Palmer is back in Toronto after another stint
in Korea fighting the propaganda battle with the North. He is
now teaching part-time and painting. Hayden McKellar is in
Toronto raising his son Finley. Greg Michener finally gradu-
ated from university. He finished his PhD and will live full-time
in Rio de Janerio with wife Carolina. Look him up if you're in
the area. Zack Math is in LA. directing TV commercials and
other projects. Jonah Bekhor got married last summer and
lives in LA. with his wife Danny. He has his own production
company and collaborates with Zack. Adam Cipolla moved
back to Toronto from Thunder Bay. He's a real-estate appraiser
and part-time base camp supervisor. Gavin Chen is a real-
estate agent in Toronto. Speaking from first-hand knowledge,
he does an excellent job. As his business is largely referral, I
st rongly recommend him to any of you looking to buy, sell or
rent. Jon Elek is still in London, England, where he regularly
cheers against England in all soccer matches. He's a literary
agent working on a memoir by a fashion model turned actor.
He's always looking for authors so if you or anyone you know
is thinking about writing a book, please get in touch. Jamie
Drayton works for Yahoo! in Toronto. He got married last sum-
mer to Jennifer. Harris Eisenstadt lives in New York City with
wife Sarah and recent son Owen. Harris teaches music and is
involved with multiple jazz projects and tours. Olivier Fuller
lives in Toronto and is heavily involved in the art world. He works
with private collectors and the Georgia Sherman Projects Gallery.
He was in Basel, Switzerland, representing Dan Borins '93 at one
of the world's largest art, fairs. Justin Papazian is in Toronto.
He worked with his uncle but decided to return to law school.
Dave St. Louis was teaching at Ridley College in St. Catherines.
He planned to leave and look for work closer to Toronto. Ralph
Lee is a doctor at the Ottawa Hospital. Take Ishiwata owns
the Basho Restaurant and Lounge in St. John's, Nfid. If you have
updates for "Class Notes," contact us at jamesp955@yahoo.
95 Jeff Goldenberg, Class President
Celebrating the wedding of Francois Magnant '95 in Ann Arbor, Mich, last May were
(l-r) Sebastien Roy '95, Fred Levesque '96, the groom and Benoit Morin '96.
(l-r) New York Association Branch President Fabio Savoldelli '80 with Michael and
Catey Long (parents of Hampton '95) and U.S. Foundation Trustee Roly Watt '62
(between the Longs) attend the annual branch reception in New York last April.
See article, p. 27.
Troy Daniels is in the media wholesale business in Toronto
(DVD, music, etc.). Francois Magnant is in the wine busi-
ness in New York. Chris Shiki owns/operates the Harbord
Room restaurant in Toronto at 89 Harbord Street. Drop by!
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96 Brandon Alexandroff and
Alec St. Louis, Class Presidents
Jeff Brown had his second daughter last September.
Andrew Borden is still finishing his residency in anesthesia
at UofT, living in Toronto with his wife Lea and 1 6-month -
old daughter Siri, and has finally retired from rowing. Hugh
Eastwood is a lawyer in St. Louis, and also a political adviser
to elected officials on both sides of the aisle. Brian Bastable
is a vice-president at Brookfield Financial in Toronto. WiUy
Grant recently became a father to Austin. He continues to
be a menswear buyer at Holt Renfrew. It's crazy to think it
has been almost eight years now. James Flannery is enter-
ing his last year of a BSc. in genetics at UofT and wrote the
MCAT in July. He lives in Toronto with his fiancee Linsey. It
just so happens that Linsey is Andrew Borden's sister-in-law,
which means that Borden and James are going to be related
somehow. You have to admit nobody was angling to be voted
"most likely to be related to Borden" upon graduation. James
will work for the Canadian Forces as as reserve infantry
officer. Richard Meloff is the proud father of two boys, Joey,
2, and Rafe, 7 months. He works as the director of corporate
development at Ubequity Capital Partners, a Toronto-based
merchant bank, focusing on early and growth stage technol-
ogy and clean-tech investments. Jason Chang recently
moved from Morgan Stanley investment banking to restruc-
turing advisory at Conway Del Genio, a distressed specialist,
also in New York; Brandon Alexandroff had a baby girl,
Macey, last summer. He works for Mobilicity, a new Canadian
wireless telecommunications company. Cameron Davies
got married to Kristen Dickson and is now senior vice-pres-
ident at TMX Equicom in Toronto. Cam is a member of the
College's young Old Boys committee. Andrew Finkelstein
and wife Trish had their first baby, Lily Olivia Finkelstein, on
January 10, 2010. Adam Lazier and wife Cristin had their
second daughter, Paige Alexis. Gord Woods continues to
practise management-side labour and employment law in
Toronto. As part of his practice Gord represents a NHL team
in salary arbitrations. Ashley Beales has been happily mar-
ried for three years, lives in Toronto and runs the Canadian
operations for Berkley Professional Liability, LLC. He still
plays hockey and soccer, and was cheering for England in the
World Cup. Chris Ross had a baby girl, Ryley, born Decem-
ber 4, 2009. Chris is in the commercial real estate business in
Toronto; Nick Superina lives in Bermuda, works for Roche
and played in the 2009 Caribbean 7's Rugby Championships in
Mexico City. Alec St. Louis lives with wife Katie in Toronto.
He is general manager at StL Diagnostic Imaging. Charlie
Clark is an account director at TAXI Advertising and Design.
Matt Flynn and wife Raili had their first child, Elizabeth
Grace, May 5. Matthew still works on the sales desk at Morgan
Stanley; he sits next to Alex Farjo '95. Rowan Paul is hap-
pily married and operates a sports medicine practice at the
California Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in San
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Francisco. Dario Wolos has a new restaurant in New York
called Tacombi (Mexican food, of course!). He hosted a
very well attended pre-opening special evening for Old
Boys in June.
'97 John Medland, Class President
(l-r) Geoffrey McLeod '04, Ken Thomson '97 and Matt Hontscharuk '02 caught up at
the Young Alumni "Boys Night Out" in June at Oliver and Bonacini in Toronto.
Our class seems very busy as we settle into our 30s. Alex
Singh married Dixie Ho last fall. Professionally, he recently
moved to West Face Capital, a Toronto-based investment
management firm, as Counsel. Rob Barber moved to Vic-
toria, B.C. Justin Klein and wife Amy purchased a shiny
new house. Justine left the confines of Procter & Gamble
to assume a role as shopper marketing manager at Unilever
Canada. Jon Sonshine and wife Alison welcomed their first
child, a son, on July 10, 2009. Jon was recently named assis-
tant vice-president, asset management at RioCan REIT. John
Lee is now on faculty at the University of Toronto, Depart-
ment of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, based out of
St. Michael's Hospital. Dean Tzembelikos in Hong Kong
welcomed Andreas, his second child. Jack Sun is completing
his cardiac surgery residency at McMaster University and
will start a transcatheter cardiac surgery fellowship at the
Brigham and Women's hospital, one of the Harvard academic
hospitals, in Boston. Mahdad Taheri is in NYC. No wife. No
kids. Lots of fun! He runs an interactive agency he started
eight years ago, www.tvidesigns.com. He visits Toronto
frequently for work. If you get in trouble give Norm Stan-
ford or Alex Ejsmont a call as they have opened a criminal
defense practice in Yorkville. Andrew Wallace returned
to the National Bank's investment banking group after 1 6
months at the Prime Minister's Office in Ottawa.
'98 Jeff Hill, Class President
Matt Portner moved to North Carolina in August to pursue
a MBA. Brendan Taylor is engaged to Barbora Vokac, who
he met at UCC summer school. He is working on a film called
Hanna in Finland, Germany and Morocco, and he looks for-
ward to coming back to Toronto. Martin Green is married
and splitting his time between Washington D.C. and Toronto.
Ray Dhirani was married July 31 in Ecuador to his fiancee
of five years. They are moving to London where Ray will start
.ii ill- I.' n v Ion School of Economics in environmen-
tal and development economics. He'd love to meet up with
anyone travelling or living around London. Mike Carter was
married in August. Al Gransden was married to his beautiful
wife Vivianne October 16, 2009 in Toronto. Together there is
no stopping them. Pablo Montagnes has finished his PhD
in Economics at Kellogg/Northwestern and is a tenure-track
professor at the University of Chicago. He and his wife are
excited to be in Chicago for at least the next seven years.
Ben Gunn was married in August. Chris Potter, Ian
Speigel, Marty Green, Ben Gunn, Pablo Montagnes,
and Andrew Shoom-Kirsch all travelled to Malta for Jamie
Smith's '99 wedding in June. Ian Speigel got married in
February. Karl Keating works for Adidas in Oregon and
was married in August. Jaron Yau finished his residency in
radiology at McGill and started a fellowship in interventional
radiology at the UofT. He looks forward to moving back to
Toronto. He is engaged to Diana Paczesny with the wedding
set for 201 1 . Andrew Turnbull moved back to Toronto
together with wife Melody and daughter Sloane. He contin-
ues to work at the management consultancy, Oliver Wyman.
Jeff Hill planned to marry his longtime girlfriend Nancy.
Chris Burkett and wife Ariel welcomed their new daughter
Natalie. Josh Aaronson left his job at the NYC City Council
to pursue a master's of management in hospitality at Cornell
University. Tony Garcia married his fiancee Dana in August.
Pete Carr is in Pittsburgh at Disney's new research lab. (See
article, winter/fall 2010 issue of Old Times?)
99 David Anderson and Elliot Morris,
Kip Shaw married Elizabeth Mitchell on April 25, 2009 in
Vero Beach, Fla. Kip and Elizabeth live and work in Toronto,
Kip at Cidel Financial Group and Elizabeth at Kohai Educa-
tional Centre. Michael Zackheim is a fourth year associate,
practising corporate and securities law at Torys in Toronto.
Michael's son, Jacob, 2, is doing well. Lee Kane and family
(Mary, Sophia and Luca) will move back to China this year as
he's a trade commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Bei-
jing. They'll have plenty of room and would love to hear from
any of the guys passing through the Middle Kingdom. Paul
Braczek is a corporate law associate at Fasken Martineau
DuMoulin LLP in Toronto, working primarily in mergers and
acquisitions, and corporate finance, and just purchased a
townhouse in the east end. Hussein Hirji married last Janu-
ary, is with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, but
is currently in New York at the United Nations representing
Canada's interests in one of the committees that convenes
during the General Assembly. Qasim Daya is with Brookfield
Properties as a senior investment analyst in Toronto. Adam
Hutton is still at Healthscreen with Shaw, Marty and
Belo. Abhi Sud has a family medicine practice in Toronto.
'00 Hugh McKee and
Derek Richardson, Class President
Scott Gregoire is going strong in NYC, living with his
brother and working at ISI Group. Hussain Karimbhoy is at
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a hedge fund in New York managing fixed income securities
and has recently been appointed to the board of directors of a
non-profit, Out Against Abuse. Will Deng continues to work
at the Clinton Foundation in New York as a senior associate
for clean energy, and is doing an excellent job of mamtaining
his elite frequent flier status, although business school may
be on his horizon. Thobey Campion is overseeing digital
business development and film production for Vice Media, a
company that has grown from a punk magazine out of Mon-
treal into the largest youth media company in the world with
circulation in 29 countries. Charlie Musgrave graduated
from Columbia with his master's in real estate development
and continues to live in Manhattan. Jason Camelford is in
Miami at the state attorney's office as a prosecutor, getting
married and moving back to New Orleans. Dave Spevick
completed his MBA at Boston University. In Toronto, Chris
Campbell is an associate investment adviser in his fourth
year at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Andrew Stirling finished his
master's in law at Oxford and made the natural jump to
"Scotch Camp" where he refined his scotch-making skills. He's
now practising tax law at McMillan LLP. Charles Kassard-
jian finished medical school and is doing his residency in
neurology. Julian Low ran the Ottawa Marathon and raised
a boat-load of money for cancer research. Chris Denda
was doing a little moonlighting as a business columnist for
Toronto publication Eye Weekly. David Tichauer works at
UofT in a genetic research lab and performs sketch comedy
with Shoeless, a troupe nominated for a 2009 Canadian Com-
edy Award; they lost. They performed in the Just for Laughs
Festival this summer. Torsten Siegelberg was married in
June in Algonquin Park and is in Toronto at Rogers as a senior
networks engineer. Dave Barnes is in government relations
as vice-president of Canada's largest high-tech sector industry
group. Pete Jensen moved back to Toronto after three years
in eastern Ontario, mostly at the Wellington Street The-
atre in Kingston Ont. and The Thousand Islands Playhouse
in Gananoque Que. Since moving back to Toronto he has
appeared in three shows at Solar Stage Children's Theatre
and will soon appear in one of Big Time Productions' touring
shows. Also in Toronto, Mike Reid and Neil Rahilly started
Atomic Contacts to take all the hassle out of keeping your
address book up-to-date. Matti Irwin is at Optimize Asset
Management Inc. in Toronto and is sailing regularly. Matti
and Fraser McKay completed a 40-km paddle and portage
in June raising money to share the gift of summer camp with
underprivileged kids. Jordan Page is finishing law school
and started practising at Blaney McMurtry LLP. Mark Tozer
was called to the Ontario bar and is practising at Goodmans
LLP in Toronto. Matt Leverty is teaching in Toronto, still
an avid baseball enthusiast and was engaged to be married
this summer. James Obaji finished his first year of family
medicine residency in Winnipeg and plans to go into private
practice in Toronto after completing his residency in July
201 1. Brandon Bell is a consultant with Accenture in their
Vancouver office. Mark Goldhar is still in Halifax, loving life
on the East Coast and is getting married this month. Steve
Tilley is the chief medical resident at Memorial University
out east on "The Rock." Derrick Wong is finishing up his
medical degree at the University of Sydney and is planning
to stick around Australia for his specialty training. Jared
Ament finished his master's of public health at Harvard and
is training to become a board certified neurosurgeon. He was
on a humanitarian medical trip to Haiti, where he performed
basic medical care in the towns surrounding Port-Au-Prince.
Marc Weiner finished his MBA at Harvard along with Ali
Jaffer and Tom Kalvic. Marc works for Tandem Expan-
sion in Toronto, a new venture capital company investing in
small growing Canadian tech companies. Ali is heading back
to McKinsey Dubai and Tom starts at the Canadian Pension
Plan Investment Board in private investments. Gerald Grif-
fiths crossed two big life milestones in the last year, getting
engaged and buying a house. Matt Schwartz is still in south
London, working in corporate finance with Penfida Partners
LLP, and is playing in the Rawlings National League, the
top amateur baseball league in the U.K. John Hucker just
finished writing CFA Level 3 and is headed overseas for his
MBA. Adam Peterson married Sabrina Mallick this May at
a beautiful ceremony down in Texas. Brent Sharpless also
tied the knot with Anna Murray in another gorgeous cere-
mony out in Vancouver last fall. Alex Herman finished up at
McGill law school and lives in Montreal, writing short stories
and poems. Mark Coatsworth is in the "computer science"
business in Toronto. Joe Glionna is married with a baby boy
on the way, living in Montreal.
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Elliot Pastzor, Class Presidents
J.J Chan got married in June to Sarah Toy, also from
Toronto. They will move to Boston, and he will start an
internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General
Hospital. Jeremy Dietrich continues to work at BMO as an
algorithmic trader. He's actively involved with St. Michael's
Hospital helping to throw the Dodger and Giver events
each year. Derek Ha is with Barclays Capital following
its acquisition of Lehmans. He is with his wife in Toronto
and had a new son in October — a future UCC-er poten-
tially! Drew Halfnight is reporting for the National Post,
where he smokes all day between swigs of bourbon and
calls everybody Chief. Wesley Jin is working towards a
PhD in computer engineering/security at Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh. His research focuses on applying
high-performance computing to virus detection. He loves to
run every day. David Kordalewski is in Toronto again in
his last year of a bachelor degree in computer science. Phil
McKee completed a degree in theatre direction in Montreal.
He has been actively, directing, and producing theatrical
productions and has moved back to Toronto. Tom McNeil
works in Toronto for BMO. He is an account executive in the
small business banking and lending group. Matt Price is
in London, U.K. and has found the love of his life. He is also
working for Capita Symonds on large building projects. Matt
continues to also be an avid runner, participating in numer-
ous marathons. Daniel (the Doctor) Rosen is in Miami
finishing his joint MBA and law degree at the University of
Miami. DR is enjoying the fun in the sun but is still terrible
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at fantasy football. Ben Simon is living in Kampala, Uganda
as the Agence France-Presse correspondent for that region.
Ben reports daily on the news and they are fed to news
distribution networks around the world. Ben still enjoys a
good Scotch when he can get one. Jason Webster is down
in the Caymans. He has been there, back home, for almost
four years now and is a policy analyst for the government.
He just got married in May. Mike Zahn is an architect in
Los Angeles at the Office of Mobile Design and Studio Pali
Fekete Architects. He makes a painting every once in a
while to entertain himself. Ben Iscoe recently did a comedy
show in Toronto and is going through the painful grind of
trying to develop new material. Send good jokes his way!
'02 Phil D'Abreu and
Matt Hontscharuk, Class Presidents
(l-r) Peter Schwartz '02, Matt Frisch '02 and Giles Carmichael '02
mingle at the New York Branch Reception in April.
Andrew Binkley spent the past year articling at the Federal
Court of Appeal in Ottawa. In November, he starts as a lawyer
at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. Highlights this year include
becoming a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical
Society, passing three bar exams and getting lots of fresh air
in Ottawa. John Blickstead moved to Los Angeles in 2009
to pursue a career in writing. He's developing a comedy pilot
for NBC. Sebastian Borza transferred to a new role within
Goldman Sachs and is responsible for hardware engineering
and testing for the firm. He was recently admitted to New
York University to pursue his MBA. Jacob Bregman is in the
middle of a two-year MBA program at Harvard, along with
fellow Old Boys Chris Tarn and Kyle Brack. He was in L.A. this
summer and interned at a healthcare firm called DaVita.
Jamie Cameron just passed the halfway mark of his
part-time MBA at Schulich, and he continues to be an
engineering project leader at Lovat. Gavin Cheung got
engaged in February and started work at National Bank in
August. Oliver Chow married Lisa Chin, a kindergarten
teacher in Manhattan, May 1. Having graduated from medical
school, he will start a general surgery residency at New
Jersey Medical School. Eric Crawford finished his second
year of medicine at UofT and worked in neurology at Sick
Kids for the summer. Chris Cruz is loving life in sunny Santa
Monica, Calif, and continues his work in private equity at Oak-
tree Capital Management. He's getting ready for his wedding
in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in October. Chris Cullen is in
higher-ed publishing at McGraw-Hill Ryerson in Toronto as a
developmental editor. He will be getting married next
summer. Philip D'Abreu changed companies and is now at
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in London, U.K. If any Old
Boys are in town, get in touch! Adrian de Valois-Franklin
is a private equity associate with Accel-KKR in Silicon Valley,
a joint venture between the leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg
Kravis Roberts & Co and venture capital firm Accel Partners.
When Adrian isn't busy investing in technology companies, he
spends his weekends backcountry skiing and mountain biking
in Lake Tahoe. Colin Deeks works in FS Advisory for PwC
in London, and was cheering on England in this summer's
World Cup. He welcomes any former classmates to get in
touch if ever passing through London. Salim Dhirani
graduated from medical school at Western in May and moved
back to Toronto for a two-year residency in family medicine
at the Scarborough Hospital. He also purchased his first
house. Colin Evran is at Bain Capital in Boston. He has also
tried a few entrepreneurial start-ups in the past year, one of
them a successful mobile app start-up in the photography
space — with one of our good UCC friends Samir Shah. The
company had a full spread in the Wall Street Journal in the
end of 2009, and made it to the top 10 iPhone apps globally.
(See article in winter/spring 2010 issue of Old Times.) If
anyone is passing by Boston let him know! Ryan Gallagher
is finishing his master's at Oxford and soon starts a PhD in
molecular biology at Yale. He's excited to be moving back to
North America and to have discovered a way of avoiding the
real world for another half decade, at least. Kobi Gulersen
bought a condo in downtown Toronto and moved in August.
He's acting as the chair of UCC's Young Alumni Advisory
Committee (YAAC) and working at MacLaren McCann on
digital strategy for Nestle USA, MasterCard Canada and
Hewlett Packard. William Hertha is back to Canada from
China but will return to Shanghai shortly. Carl Hung got
married in Hong Kong on January 31, 2010. Jarred Posi-
tano, Phil D'Abreu, Michael Cheng, Doug Irwin and
Mike Thorburn were all there to witness the occasion. Carl
graduated from Richard Ivey's EMBA program in May. After
moving to NYC two years ago with Royal Bank of Canada,
Jamie Hull is an analyst in the hedge fund industry. He
looks forward to moving back to Toronto this summer and a
similar position. Michael Konviser finished his second year
of medical school at Queen's University. He spent the summer
in NYC in the medical oncology department at Columbia
Presbyterian Hospital. Daniel Langer works in politics in
Ottawa. Alvin Lau is an associate in the mid-market
leveraged finance group at CIBC. Ricky Leiter is in Chicago,
studying at Northwestern. He's halfway through combined
MD/MA degrees in medicine, and medical humanities and
bioethics. He was married over Labour Day Weekend in New
York. Kevin Lee graduated from Boston University School of
Dental Medicine, and started residency at Montefiore Medical
Center in New York. Simon Leith studies law at Osgoode
Hall Law School in Toronto. Jonathan Loh was travelling in
Asia for the summer before starting his year of articling at
Fraser Milner Casgrain in Toronto. Graham Matthews was
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in Toronto, working in Qualitative Market Research with Ipsos
Camelford Graham and was on a two-month work exchange
with Hamburg. Outside work, he's fiddling with synthesizers,
reading science fiction and embracing the weekends. Ali
Merali relinquished his responsibilities with the White House
and headed to grad school in August to pursue a master's in
public policy at Havard's Kennedy School of Government.
Andrew Michalik continues to work for IBM in Toronto. He
was married in July. Morgon Mills teaches English literature
at Memorial University and is gearing up for the Newfound-
land Chess Championship this September. Ryan Morris is
working on his investment partnership that he started in
2009, Meson Capital Partners. Things are growing fast and
he's spending most of his time in New York and Ithaca.
Cameron Norgate is in San Francisco. He recently took up
surfing, and is back into running again, hoping to run
a sub-four minute mile one day. He works for Intuit as a
product manager in its financial services division. Drop a line
if you're on the West Coast (email@example.com).
Andrew Parkes finished the first year of the MBA Program
at the Schulich School of Business and will attend the
Copenhagen School of Business this fall for an exchange
semester. He was a summer associate for Infrastructure
Ontario in its project delivery group, which manages large
infrastructure projects for the provincial government. John
Reid completed a master's in planning at the London School
of Economics and is a planner and developer for Minto
Properties. Peter Roberts is loving life in Toronto. He
opened a new training centre in Leaside called CrossFit
Quantum where he's forging elite athletes with a hybrid
system of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and
field training. Dave Rosen has worked in the hotel business
for two years for Horwath HTL, valuing hotels, resorts, and
golf courses. He moved to New York this fall to do a master's
in real estate. Jonathan Schachter moved back to Toronto
from Trinity College Dublin with the following letters: M.A.,
M.Litt., Grad. Dip. (Stats). He has finished year one of three at
the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. Peter J.
Schwartz, a senior reporter at Forbes, was awarded the
inaugural Lisa Goldberg Fellowship at the New York Univer-
sity School of Law, where he begins a master's program this
fall. Samir Shah is back in Toronto for the summer and will
pursue a MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the
fall. Adam Sheikh finished first year law school in Ottawa
and spent his summer between Toronto and Malta as an
intern at Borden Ladner Gervais. Alex Sherrington finished
his second year at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago and
heads to Kellogg School of Management in September. Fahad
Siddiqui completed a master's in international law from
SOAS and is head of desk for North Africa and Sudan at the
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. He returned to
graduate school at Osgoode this fall. Jonathan Tong
completed his articles at Heenan Blaikie LLP and will return
as an associate in the firm's securities group this fall. Mike
Thorburn is studying a master's in teaching at the University
of Melbourne and plays hockey for a travelling team. Adam
Wexler works for Olympus Canada in the marketing
department of its medical services group. This fall he returns
to York University's Schulich School of Business to finish his
MBA. Adam Tichauer is director of the BlueStreak Sports
Training Center at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. He also heads
up fundraising events for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit
which builds schools to increase educational opportunities in
the developing world. Craig Hill is director of artist
management at 2+2 Management in Toronto. He is also
president of YYZ Records, a record label in Toronto. Adam
Freedman completed his articles and has been called to the
Bar of Ontario. He is now a corporate lawyer in Toronto. Joey
Pratile is a clinic intern at the Canadian Memorial Chiroprac-
tic College in Toronto.
03 Mike Annecchini and Chan Sethi,
Mike Annecchini finished his first year at New York
University, obtaining his master's in sports business. He
also shares an apartment with very former UCCer Simon
Disher '04. Cameron Brien is in the middle of a career
change in New York, moving from a technology start-up back
into the financial sector. He's still into racing triathlon and
competed in his third Ironman this summer in Lake Placid,
N.Y After the better part of a decade, Adam Cheung has
finally become a doctor in Leeds, U.K. Joseph Cianflone is
a research and trading analyst for Orbis Investment Man-
agement in Bermuda. Yale Fox is the resident DJ at Tao
Nightclub inside the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Jordan
Glicksman completed medical school at the University of
Western Ontario and started residency in ear, nose and throat
surgery. Daniel Goldbloom spent the summer saying things
like, "A moment's indulgence, Your Honour," and "What would
you say if my client were admitting guilt, which he totally,
100 per cent isn't, right now?" He also occasionally goes to
court. Daniel only has two more years of law school before
a year of articling and a lifetime of regret. Amir Heinitz
has been travelling in Eastern Europe, picking grapes in
Luxembourg and was moving to Egypt this fall. Desmond
Ho is teaching English in Seoul, Korea and is pursuing a
career in ESL. He expects to marry his girlfriend later this
year. After wrapping up a master's in cultural policy at the
University of Chicago, Tim Jones is back in the Arctic, run-
ning the 32nd annual Dawson City Music Festival. Rohan
Karunakaran is at a healthcare consulting firm in Toronto
but is (slowly) plotting his move to southeast Asia to study
Eastern meditation. Geordie King started his own busi-
ness this past year and has never been happier. This summer
was to be fairly active for him, with three product launches
and one short film shooting with MuchMusic in August-
Mark Laidlaw got married on October 11, 2009, to Con-
nie Dayboll. Mark is now rowing full-time with the National
Team. Cam Lounsbery is coming up on three years at RBC
Capital Markets on the trading floor and enjoys the walk to
work from his new place in downtown Toronto. Dan Maev
got promoted to associate in the mergers and acquisitions
group at National Bank Financial in January. Bryce Mar-
shall moved out to sunny Los Angeles and will attend law
school this fall. Taylor Morassutti is an analyst at Cresford
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Developments, a residential condominium development group
in Toronto, where he is responsible for site acquisition and
financing of projects. Kenny Ng is finishing up his articles
at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon, getting called to the bar in
June, and then travelling in southeast Asia for two months.
Andrew Nobrega is undertaking a MSc. in environmental
change and management at the University of Oxford, U.K. He
travelled to the rain-forests of Sierra Leone this summer to
perform research on forest carbon for his dissertation. Julian
Pomfret-Pudelsky is working in FX Algorithmic Trading
at Deutsche Bank in London. Tyler Ravlo is finishing his
master's in physiotherapy at Dalhousie University and has
made the switch from goalie to forward in ice hockey. Alex
Richardson is in Shanghai with L.E.K. Consulting doing pri-
vate equity advisory, and would love to connect with any Old
Boys in China. Chan Sethi wrapped up his first year of law
school at Osgoode Hall and split his summer between Davies
Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto and J Sagar Associates in
New Delhi. Christopher Yeung joined BlackRock where he
helped complete the acquisition of Barclays Global Investors,
and now works in equities. Phil Tozar works in the food and
beverage business in Shanghai. With his dad, they also market
their own brand of hockey equipment and are involved in
green energy and sourcing and consultation about sustainable
building products. Andrew Best and Andrew Elelberg
are also in Shanghai — not sure what they are doing though!
Andrew Lee is in investment banking with BMO Capital
Markets in Toronto. Andrew Nobrega spent the summer
at Oxford finishing his MSc. MacAllen continued to play pro
lacrosse, this past year in Rochester. He also played for Team
Canada this past summer.
(l-r) Geoff McLeod, Dave Reisman, Alex Archibald catch up at a Blue Jays
game, organized as a night out for 2004 graduates.
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Samuel Bail is completing a master's in financial economics
at Oxford and, upon finishing, will start an investment bank-
ing job at Lazard's London. Scott Barter finished his third
year at the Ted Roger's School of Business majoring in human
resources, and for the summer stayed on his hustle, working
back at camp enjoying the outdoors. Sebastien Belanger has
been enrolled for the past year at the University of Sherbrooke
in a master's of finance program, and has started the process
of becoming a CFA candidate. Alex Bishop completed his
first year at Queen's law and worked for the legal group at
BMO Capital Markets this summer. Francois Bellemare is a
mechanical engineer for CAE in Montreal, building full-flight
simulators. He spent July in Istanbul for the installation of a
new Boeing 777 device for Turkish Airlines and planned to
move back to Toronto in September to start a new job with
Oliver Wyman. Ian Wildgoose Brown starts his third year
at Harvard Law School. Wai Choy is a Levy Scholar at the
University of Pennsylvania Law School. This past summer he
worked as an associate at Marvel Studios in Los Angeles. Chris
Doucet completed his MBA in Finance at Queen's School of
Business in April. Later this year he will complete his Juris
Doctor before articling in corporate law in 201 1. Daniel Faria
finished his first year at Columbia Law School and worked at
the Center for HIV Law for the summer. Alex Frechette is
still working for Oakley as a technical sales rep driving around
from store to store, resort to resort, event to event. Mike He
was in Shanghai visiting family and the Expo, then went to
South Africa during the World Cup. He was back in Tokyo for
a semester abroad and then back at the Southern California
Institute of Architecture in L.A. for two more semesters. Matt
Herrndorf spent the past two years in Paris. He works for the
International Herald Tribune. Chris Horkins completed
his second year at Queen's Law and worked at Cassels, Brock
and Blackwell LLP for the summer. He's spending the fall term
on exchange in the Netherlands before finishing law school at
Queen's in 201 1 . Greg Lowman is in Washington, D.C. at
the Financial Services Roundtable, an industry lobbying
firm. Dane Marshall plays hockey for the Mississippi River-
Kings of the Central Hockey League. He will probably play in
Europe next year. Kevin Maggisano is finishing his second
year of a medicine degree at the Schulich School of Medicine,
UWO. Conor McBroom is in Toronto at Slate Properties, a
private equity real estate and asset management company.
Geoff McLeod moved from investment banking into insti-
tutional asset management at J.P. Morgan in Toronto. He also
became a digital ambassador at Redseven Charitable Founda-
tion, where he uses social media to help generate awareness
about Redseven's events and causes. Dave Phelan headed
down to NYC in July to join Goldman Sachs' private equity
group. He sends best wishes and asks you all to reach out when
you come to town. Jason Rabinovitch finished up a year in
Paris, and headed back to California in late August to start his
PhD. Dave Reisman is in Toronto at Livia Capital Manage-
ment, a boutique private equity shop. James Ricci spent the
better part of 2009 in the U.K., completing his master's in new
media management at the London School of Economics. Since
returning to Toronto, he has been rebranding and expanding
his car care company, Autospa.com. Christian Rice has been
getting his MFA in visual communications from the University
of Arizona and running Handsome Clothing Co. along with AJ
Jamani. Sang Ik Song is finishing his master's in East Asian
studies with a focus on the political and social history of North
Korea at UofT. David Spencer is an investment consultant
with TD Bank Financial Group in Toronto. He is enrolled in the
50 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
CFA Program and training for a marathon. Alex Tapscott is
keeping the dream alive with the Balmy Beach Rugby Club.
Jeff Taylor is in New York working in membership and indi-
vidual development with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
He was hoping to get back to Muskoka a few times this summer
but, failing that, would be available for Central Park Frisbee
sessions most weekends. Michael Wu is completing his M.Sc.
thesis in pathology at Queen's University, 80 pages to go.
David Pepall is in Toronto at Standard & Poor's as an analyst.
Pete Irwin is at I-Toys USA Ltd. as the North America sales
manager. Jason Morris is an account executive at SunGard
Availability Services and still squeezing in at least five rounds of
golf a week. Andrew Kirkpatrick is enjoying his second year
within BMO Financial Group's anti-money laundering financial
intelligence unit. He recently came out of retirement and is
back to playing summer puck as well as enjoying time out on
the golf course. Sam Danniels competed in the Vancouver
Paralympics last winter.
05 Ryan Adams and
John Rozehnal, Class Presidents
(l-r) Colin Greening '05, Omar Kanji '09 and Eric Axel '09 were all members
of Cornell University's "Big Red" varsity hockey team in 2009-10.
Brayden Irwin '05 signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Irwin
played the past four seasons with the University of Vermont Catamounts. While at UCC,
Irwin played on a line with Colin Greening '05 (above), who was recently signed to the
(l-r) 2005 classmates Zachary Feldman, Rob Wainstein and Zachary Schwartz catch
up at "Boys Night Out" at Oliver and Bonacini in June.
Cam MacNeil graduated from Queen's last year, then did an
overland trip to Africa covering seven countries and 13,000
km in two months. After a month off, he started work in
a marketing and sales job with Molson in Toronto. Teddy
Rekai-Nuttall finished his honours BSc in equine sports
science last May. He has been training and competing horses
for Small Spark Farm Performance Horses and is the head of
North American sales and distribution for the British based
Quantum Saddle. Chris Dale had the luxury of spending
a couple months out West during the Olympics and touring
around beautiful British Columbia. He is back in Toronto
as an account coordinator and a field manager for Free For
All Marketing, a product and event marketing agency. Ryan
Campbell is doing his master's in sports business at New
York University and worked this summer for Bloomberg
Sports on their new baseball analytics offering. Billy Singleton
became a full-time employee at Cisco Systems in Toronto
and his rotational training started in August. He planned to
spend the summer in France, Amsterdam and Greece, and
volunteer as a football coach for the Junior Argos with Dan
Bederman. Michael Fu finished his first year of medical
school at Yale, and had a fellowship from the American Brain
Tumor Association to do cancer research this summer. Geoff
Dittrich is an absolute hero, cycling across Australia for
Macro for Micro, a fundraising and awareness campaign he
built. David Leith is going into his last year of the combined
JD/HBA at Western Law and Ivey, and worked at Torys LLP
for the summer. Alex Koppel successfully survived his first
nine months in a mergers and acquisitions advisory with
Canaccord Genuity. So far he's nervous-breakdown free.
Aakash Dheer is a self-employed day trader and is also rais-
ing portfolio funding for his newly launched investment firm,
Monolith Capital. Aakash splits his time between San Diego
and the East Coast. He is at Stanford for graduate school
this fall. Francois Cadieux is pursuing a PhD in aerospace
engineering at the University of Southern California in Los
Angeles. Ryan Kitchler finished the first year of an MFA in
theatre and production management at Boston University.
He also spent the year working in development and patron
stewardship at Opera Boston. Matt Dennis graduated with a
BA in Economics from Brown University and works at Optima
Fimd Management, hedge funds that invest on behalf of both
retail and institutional clients, in New York. The CIO of the
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firm is Fabio Savoldelli '80. Max Bruce has been accepted
for the York Region Police and is in training. James Giroday
completed his master's in architecture at Yale University.
Upon graduation, he has promised to build a house for Matt
Dennis, a cottage for Ryan Adams and a moon base for
John Rozehnal. Nick Sucharski graduated with a degree
in international relations from Michigan State University. In
his final year, he was named co-captain of the MSU hockey
team and skated his face off in the NCAA Division 1 Skills
Competition. Ryan Adams completed his BAH in English
Literature at Queen's University. He will complete his master's
of public service at the President Clinton School of Public
Service, University of Arkansas. Charlie Iscoe works at JP
Morgan in New York. John Rozenhal graduated from Brown
University and is part of a research team working on next-
generation vaccine delivery systems in Providence, RI. He is
considering moving to his castle in the Czech Republic. John
Thorp is living the dream in New York City. Phil Noelting is
running his business, Skillter, in Boston.
Matt Ball '06 (middle) and Jem Arnold '06 (right) were travelling in Peru in June
2010. Matt writes: "When we reached the top of Wayna Picchu (the mountain temple
which overlooks the Machu Picchu ruins, and only accepts 400 visitors per day, we
ran into Jordan Glicksman '03 (left). Of course, we naturally thought that a photo was
needed! Of all the places-
Class of '06 friends Henry Lau, Henry Chan, Clarence Tso and Jeffrey Chen catch up at
the New York branch reception in April.
06 Arthur Soong, Class President
Nick Paterson finished his fourth year in kinesiology at
Queen's. He spent the summer tree planting and next is
another crack at the MCATs. He will likely take a year off and
work with an orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital
in London, Ont. Jon Jeong graduated from NYU. Richard
Martin graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Busi-
ness. Following graduation he travelled for three months in
southeast Asia with Sanders Lazier and Felix Cornehl.
He is pursuing his CA at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto.
Reid Pauly finished his history and government honours
degree at Cornell University, where he trained hard for his
final season on the heavyweight crew team. Felix Cor-
nehl joined Monitor Group as a consultant in Zurich. Mark
Phelan finished his last semester at the Chinese University
of Hong Kong, did some travelling and plans to go back to
school to get a master's in international management. Jayme
Moore finished his degree at Queen's and has postponed his
next academic endeavour to work and experience the world,
simultaneously. He is headed to Valencia, Spain in January
to crew aboard a large schooner yacht called Adix. Pictures
will come up on Google. Shamir Dawood graduated last
summer with a BA (Hons.) in English literature and drama
from the University of Sussex, and is training as an actor at
the Birmingham School of Acting. Jeffrey Lui graduated
from the University of Chicago, started studying for a master's
at the London Business School, went to India for Christmas,
and was getting tired of doing job apps. Christian Peterson
lives in downtown Toronto and seeks work as a freelance
photographer and filmmaker. He hopes to reconnect (i.e.
have drinks) with many of the '06 boys soon! Nicholas Chan
has graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business and
has started work with Ernst and Young. Jeffrey Chen is
bbming on his phone with his homies but can't seem to reach
one homie all the time, so he goes through his gf. Arthur
Soong graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business
and started at KPMG. Daanish Afzal finished his BA in
economics and is looking to pursue a career in investment
management. Alan Li graduated from Cornell with degrees
in mathematics and economics, and will be in NYC next year
starting a career in finance. Jason Chen spent the summer
in Hong Kong doing an internship at a social enterprise called
Dialogue in the Dark. He has now returned to UBC to finish
his degree. Mike Kim went backpacking aroimd the world
for a year, and is now back in school with one last year to go.
Qu i nn Hu finished his third year of mechanical engineering
at UofT and was on an internship with Siemens in Hamilton,
Ont. His plan is to finish his last year and graduate in 2011.
After that, travel is in the plan. Ricky Cheng has not com-
pletely decided, but he is either going to med school in the
Caribbean or doing his master's in physiology at UofT for two
years. Jason Tang worked at Soberman LLP this summer
and wanting to get through a master's of accounting at the
University of Waterloo. Curtis Wang was involved in some
physiology research work with the Canadian military. He
graduated from UofT and took a year off to work as an official
remixer for an upcoming Chinese-Canadian singer as part of
his production team. He'll be back at UofT for grad studies
in 201 1. Angus MacLellan spent the summer working on
his graduate diploma in accounting at Queen's, and moved to
Ottawa to work for PWC. Jonathan Tarn is at the Univer-
sity of Toronto's Faculty of Law as a resident junior fellow of
Massey College. Josh Booth graduated from Queen's with a
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major in economics and started work as a corporate finance
associate at Paradigm Capital. Oliver Watt-Meyer worked
as a research assistant for a physics professor at McGill and
plans to go travelling in South America this winter. Ben
Chung is doing a PhD in chemistry at the UofT. Jon Chan
is at medical school. Jean-Francois Picard is changing the
world, little by little. Ryan Tran transferred to George Brown
and finished his first year in graphic design. He interned with
Fab/Xtra publications for the summer. As well he danced for
a few events on the side. Joe Tobias graduated last May with
a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard. After a summer
in Morocco as a travel writer for Let's Go guides, he will move
to New York City on a year-long public service fellowship and
work in the psychiatry department of the Montefiore Medical
Center with substance abuse patients. When he grows up, he
wants to be a poet, an English professor, and a psychiatrist —
one or all of those three. He still misses UCC.
07 Alain Ba rile man and
Justis Danto-Clancy, Class Presidents
Alain Bartleman was biking from Spain to the Spanish
Coast after finishing a year at the Paris Institute of Political
Science. Andrew McLean was graduating from the London
School of Economics and travelling across Ireland, Malta and
the U.K. with Dorian Positano Daniel Webster is work-
ing at Scotiabank after finishing his second year at Queen's.
Ali Khan was in summer school in New York City, with plans
to travel to Bangladesh. Julio Koch spent the summer in
Spain after having spent a year at Sciences-Po, Paris. Tim
Lai was interning at RBC Dominion Securities. Donny
Szirmak was working for the Canadian Immigration Office,
Zahron Mitchell is in Hong Kong and Shanghai, having
graduated from University College London. Jon Watson,
recent Sheffield graduate, was working in London, and spend-
ing vacation time in Dubai. Omar Madhany has work at the
Martin Institute and plans to graduate from the Ivey School
of Business in a year. After working at the Peggy Guggen-
heim Museum in Venice last summer, Nicolas Epstein was
working in New York City this past summer at an art gallery,
Mitchell-Innes and Nash. He also spent an exchange semester
at the University of Nottingham, and is currently DJing under
the moniker of DJ Phonix. Adrian Kwok, Princeton '11, was
interning at the Monitor Group in Toronto. Jerry Zhan was
doing research on the Chinese semiconductor industry and
is working at Accenture as a technology consulting analyst
in Toronto. Ben Loh worked at Oliver and Bonacini over the
summer and was working at S-trip as the campus leader for
University of Guelph. Wendall Mascarenhas has finished
his first year of dental school and was doing research at the
UofT dentistry department, playing soccer and watching
the World Cup (though not necessarily in that order) . Hart
Pitfield was spending his summer in brand research at
LEVELS Strategic Brand Advisors in Toronto. Paul Phelan
is at Dalhousie and was working and studying in Toronto
over the summer. Brandon Park is at Barclays Capital and
performs equities analysis between bouts of weightlifting.
Dylan and Taylor Kain are climbing mountains and stay-
ing fit. Rhys Jubb is at Rice University majoring in politi-
cal science. Brian Law is taking a break from life at Miami
University where he is pursuing a BA in Architecture and was
on a cultural heritage trip around China, working on a farm in
Cape Breton and studying a semester in Rome. Justin Tang
was in Australia for the summer and is now in Miami for an
apprenticeship with a club owner. Aron Zaltz is completely
immersed in studying English literature and rowing at Robin-
son College, Cambridge, U.K. Sanzhar Sultanov's new film
is Burning Daylight. Watch for it.
Eric Vehovec '08 was an elated member of Middlebury College's mens' tennis team,
which won its second National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Men's Tennis
Championship, May 27, with a 5-1 victory over Amherst College at Oberlin College in
Ohio. The Panthers end their season with a school-record 23 wins against just two
08 ( 'alum Mew and David Marshall,
Eric Vehovec was part of the NCAA national champion ten-
nis team at Middlebury College this past spring, and planned
to spend the fall semester studying in Paris. Adam Jutha
travelled back to Angola for a medical internship this summer
before beginning his sophomore year at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Carolina, he will serve
as the health policy center co-director and southern regional
coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute, a national student
policy think-tank. Adam will also be a teaching assistant for
an international studies course and a residence hall adviser.
He is pursuing a biology major and Islamic studies minor.
Karim Ladak is studying medicine at the Royal College of
Surgeons in Ireland, but this year is taking an exchange to
the brand new campus located in Bahrain. He is amazed, yet
again, at how much of an eye-opener travelling and living
somewhere else in the world can be, and loving it. Cian
O'Neill-Kizoff finished his second year in civil engineering
at Queen's University and worked there this summer as an
undergraduate research assistant for a professor in hydrology.
He is a member of the Queen's Sailing Team and the Queen's
Concrete Canoe Team. Markus Liik founded a creative
writing publication called The Philistine at the University of
King's College and has successfully published its inaugural
issue. Evan Lewis returned from a highlight-reel weekend in
Chicago with fellow Old Boys Ed Cottingham and Andrew
Friedenthal and their dads. Evan finished up his second
year at Western and hopes to be starting at the Ivey Business
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School. He worked in Toronto for CI Financial in sales and
marketing for the summer and looked forward to a great few
months of PBHL at the sports court and shinny at the new
UCC rink, as well as post-work cocktails with other Old Boys
'09 Nick Lombardo and Karim Pabani,
Tom and Irene Mihalik, parents of Andrew '07 and Roy '09, seen with
Principal Jim Power, attended the New York Branch Reception in April.
Calum Agnew, much to his own consternation, spent the
first months of the summer taking a Latin course. Afterwards,
he planned to attempt to bike from the top of Scotland to the
bottom of England, before making his way back to Toronto for
work. Calum returned to University of King's College, in the
pursuit of a degree in the history of science, combined with
English, history, Classics or something completely different!
Colm Kenny just completed his first year at the University
of Western Ontario and had a great time. He spent his long
summer working at GMP Securities, partying and enjoying cot-
tage country. Mike Kim has completed first year of university
and will start working at a dementia research facility in South
Korea after numerous lazy days back home. Jules Koifman
finished his first year at Queen's commerce and spent the
summer doing an internship at RBC and running a computer
tutoring business. Ian Li finished one awesome year at Colum-
bia. He was in New York over the summer to make websites for
the school. Nicholas Lombardo finished his first year at Yale
and headed to Beijing this past summer to study Mandarin.
Scott McCain finished his first year at Western, and worked
in Kenya for the summer. Alfred Nataprawira started Lotus
HiMetal, an import/export company. He produces resistance-
welding electrodes and plans to expand into moulds. He has
also joined a dragon boat team and planned to participate in
the Dragon Boat Festival over the summer. Alfred took the
year off food critiquing and has since been working on a stand-
up routine in his free time. If all goes well he plans to have his
first gig at UWO by the end of the year. Luis Orozco finished
his first year as an art history and linguistics double major at
McGill, and headed to Waseda University in Tokyo to study Jap-
anese Language and Culture over the summer. Blake Pinell
spenl the summer after graduation representing Canada at
the CanAmMex regatta in Tennessee. He pledged Sigma Phi
Epsilon, rows and is a history major at Columbia University
which has kept him busy. This past summer he planned to
relax, train and work a marketing position for the Argonauts.
Adam Woodland finished his first year at Dalhousie Univer-
sity and played junior hockey in St. Margeret's Bay, N.S., where
his team was one win away from an Atlantic Championship.
He's coming back to UCC for the Seaton's Reunion in Septem-
ber, where he and his fellow Seatonians will reunite for the first
time in too long.
10 Tony Drivas, Class President
Whatever your plans, make a
UCC tie part of your future.
Coming soon. Shop
UCC online this fall.
Choose from silk ties,
leather notepad folios
and money-clip hold-
ers, PGA Tour mag-
netic golf-head covers
and more. You can
also purchase these
products and more
at Association Day,
September 25. Show
your school pride!
Watch for it this fall:
54 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
The most asked question when members of.the
Class of 2010 contact the school is,
mum ik it
Massachusetts Institute of
New York Film Academy
New York University
Queen's University x
University of St Andrews
University of Bristol
University of British Columbia
University of Guelph
Universitiy of King's College
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Nottingham
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
Wilfrid Laurier University
Taking a year to travel, do
service work, or pursue
Unknown at time of
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Saturday, September 1 1
Sunday, September 12
Tuesday, September 21
Wednesday, September 29
Friday, September 24
Saturday, September 25
Sunday, September 26
Thursday, September 30
Thursday, October 7
Wednesday, October 13
Sunday, October 17
Saturday, October 23
Saturday, November 13
Saturday, November 27
Friday, December 3
Friday, January 21
Sunday, January 23
Wednesday, February 16
UCC Annual Montreal Golf Tournament
10:30 a.m., Club de Golf de l'ile de Montreal
New Family Open House at Norval
Council of 1829 Reception
6:30 p.m., Grant House garden
Meeting of the Association Council
6:30 p.m., Student Centre, 3rd floor
Reunion Golf Tournament
9:00 or 1 1 : 15 a.m., Pheasant Run Golf Club,
Boarding Reunion Reception
5:30 p.m., Massey Quad, UCC
Reunion Class Events
Various times and locations
for honoured years celebrating Reunion
Association Day (all day)
For all members of the College community
Classes of 1961, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985,
1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and Boarders
7:00 p.m., Hewitt Athletic Centre
Boarders' Breakfast and Sport Day
11:30 a.m., Upper Dining Hall, UCC
Branch Reception in London, Ont.
7 p.m., The London Club
Branch Reception in Kingston, Ont.
7 p.m., University Club
UCC Community Meeting and Association AGM
7 p.m., Upper School
Norval Fall Open House
1 p.m -3 p.m.
Branch Reception in Boston
7 p.m., The Harvard Club
Branch Reception in Montreal
7 p.m., University Club
Branch Dinner in London, U.K.
7 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club
Lunch for Former Faculty and Staff
Noon, Upper Dining Hall
Winterfest and Winter Sports Night
Winter Open House at Norval
1 p.m.-3 p.m.
6 p.m. at the College
Be a recruitment
We travel to recruit great students.
If you'd like to introduce a family to
UCC, contact Executive Director of
Recruitment Struan Robertson about
activities in your area: srobertson@ucc.
on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2220.
Sept 22-24: Timmins/Sudbury, Ont.
Sept. 29-0ct. 2: Boston, Mass.
Oct. 30: London, Ont.
Oct. 7: Kingston, Ont.
Oct. 17-25: Brazil, Sao Paulo
Nov. 10-15: Bermuda
Oct. 28: Rigaud, Que.
Nov. 2: Tokyo, Japan
Nov. 4: Manila, Phillipines
Nov. 7: Bangkok, Thailand
Nov. 10: Hanoi, Vietnam
Nov. 11: Jakarta, Indonesia
Nov. 14: Mumbai, India
Nov. 15: Mannheim, Germany
Nov. 16: Barbados
Nov. 16: Paris
Nov. 18-21: Moncton, N.B.
Nov. 27: London, U.K.
Nov. 27-29: Halifax, N.S.
Dec. 5-7: Miami, Fla.
Jan. 20: Istanbul, Turkey
Jan. 24: Barcelona, Spain
Jan. 27: Nairobi, Kenya
Jan. 31: Abuja, Nigeria
Feb. 3: Lagos, Nigeria
April 28: Eaglebrook, Mass.
For more information, please contact the
Association Office at 416-484-8629 or
1-800-822-5361 toll-free anywhere in North
America. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Register online for UCC Association events
at www.ucc.on.ca in the Community Section.
Please check the "Old Boys" section of the UCC
website regularly for news and more events to
be scheduled throughout the 2010-1 1 year.
Old Times Sumrr
They'll make a difference in the future.
Can you make up the difference now?
The UCC experience prepares boys to be the leaders of tomorrow.
But unfortunately, tuition only covers 80% of the actual cost. So we
rely on Old Boys, parents, teachers and friends to help make up the
difference. This year students showed their initiative and created a
video that dramatizes the issue in a fun and very creative way. You can
see the video by going to www.ucc.on.ca/powerof20 . The students
have proved they care - will you prove the same by making a donation?
UPPER CANADA COLLEGE
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To make a gift, call Esther Chang at 416-488-1125, x 2000 or go to www.ucc.on.ca/makea gift.
Celebrate the past, present and future at UCC's first-and-only
Boarding Reunion, and see if your House spirit still measures
up. We want to see which House — Seaton's or Wedd's —
produces the largest attendance. The statue of Sir John in
the Massey Quad will wear the winning House's tie all weekend
as acknowledgment of ultimate victory.
September 24-26 2010
For a full schedule and to register for events taking
place all weekend long, call 416-484-8629
or visit www.ucc.on.ca/boardingreunion
Join our Facebook group
'UCC Boarding Fans" to earn extra
points or to see which house is in the lead.
(Scoring closed as of September 24 at noon.)
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